James Jackson, 30, a white supremacist, killed Timothy Caughman, 66, a Black man with a sword. Jackson was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
His apology: “I just wanted to apologize to everyone who has been negatively affected by this horrible and unnecessary tragedy. If I could do it all over again, this never would have happened.”
Caughman’s friends dismissed the apology, as fake.
State Supreme Court Justice Laura Ward said, “You killed a man solely because he was Black. And there is no excuse for your actions.”
Jackson’s attorney, Frederick Sosinsky, said his client had protested racial injustice, had served with Blacks in the military, and had never committed a crime before.
Portia Clark, who knew Caughman from childhood, said Jackson’s apology was “B.S.” Clark’s husband, Carl Nimmons, said while crying, that the apology was “insulting because I know he didn’t mean it, no kind of way.”
Jackson had plead guilty to first-degree murder, terrorism, hate crime and weapons charges.
He is a veteran of the Army and worked as an intelligence analyst.
In 2017, Jackson traveled to NYC from Baltimore with the intent of starting a race war.
He wrote in a manifesto:
“The racial World War starts today. This political terrorist attack is a formal declaration of a global total war on the Negro races Negroes are obviously first on the list for extermination.”
Jackson told police the document was on an unencrypted flash drive labeled with a swastika and a Crusader’s Cross.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. said that they didn’t want to release the full manifesto to avoid spreading “his message of terror and hate.”
The DA said the document ended with “Hail Victory! Sieg Heil.”
Richard Peek, Caughman’s cousin, read a letter from the family:
“We’ll never be able to share another family moment with Timothy, we’ll never get to say goodbye to our loved one, we’ll never know how much he truly suffered or how alone he felt in his last moments.”
“That is our life sentence. We get no parole either.”