According to NBC News, Jose Torres and Kayla Norton were sentenced on Monday to 13 and six years in prison, for driving around Atlanta suburbs with the group Respect that Flag threatening people, including a gathering of African-Americans celebrating a young boy’s birthday. Apparently this attack took place a week after Dylann Roof killed nine black worshipers at a South Carolina church. The group lashed out because they were upset that the state removed the Confederate flag from various sites, ABC noted.
Torres and Norton were the last members of a group called that were sentenced for this hate crime. Authorities claimed that the couple took a shot gun and yelled racial slurs at complete strangers, including a group of partygoers.
“If you drive around town with a Confederate flag, yelling the ‘N’ word, you know how it’s going to be interpreted,” Douglas County Judge William McClain said. “It’s inexplicable to me that you weren’t arrested by the police that day.”
Torres, 26, was convicted of aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and a violating street-gang statute and Norton, 25, was convicted of making terroristic threats and violating the gang law. They were also charged under Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.