Two plead guilty in Yuba County hate crime case |

Two plead guilty in Yuba County hate crime case

Two Olivehurst men pleaded guilty on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento to a federal hate crime charge for attacking an African-American woman and a white man in Linda on April 18, 2011.

Perry Sylvester Jackson, 27, admitted that when the couple drove into the parking lot of a convenience store together, he called the man a vulgar name and punched him twice in the head, according to a US. Department of Justice report.

Billy James Hammett, 28, who has white supremacist tattoos, admitted that he then approached the driver’s side of the car and kicked the woman in the chest, according to the report.

A third man, Anthony M. Tyler, is accused of smashing the victims’ car windshield with a crowbar.

Charges are pending against Tyler and his next court date is Jan. 7, the report said.

The victims were a 46-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, both of Olivehurst, at the time of the attack, according to Appeal-Democrat records.

The attack occurred around 11 p.m. at Full Stop Market at 1675 N. Beale Road, according to the federal indictment handed down in January.

Hammett switched T-shirts with another man after the attack, evading arrest, but he later stepped forward and admitted involvement, authorities said.

According to Appeal-Democrat records, in April 2006 Hammett was sentenced to six years in prison for beating a 72-year-old black man.

Hammett and Jackson face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

They are scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez on March 25.

Monica Vaughan is a reporter at the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.

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