In an incident that occurred in September 2020, a Mississippi father and son were jailed for their roles in a hate crime against two Black teens riding ATVs.
Wade Oscar Twiner and his son, Lane Irvine Twiner, were found guilty of two charges of simple assault and one count of intentional mischief by a Yazoo County jury on Friday, Aug. 27.
Both men were sentenced to 6 months in prison and a $500 fine for each simple assault, according to court documents acquired by The Clarion-Ledger. Due to the hate crime enhancement, their sentences were raised to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine, resulting in the men serving two years on each count.
According to state law, “if the felony or misdemeanor was committed because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or gender, the penalty for the felony or misdemeanor shall be subject to enhancement as provided in Sections 99-19-301 through 99-19-307.”
In addition, each Twiner was sentenced to five years in prison for malicious mischief, but three years were suspended, allowing them to serve only two years on those charges. Because their sentences are to run consecutively, both men would serve four years in a Mississippi Department of Corrections prison and three years of supervised probation.
They were also required to perform 100 hours of community service and attend sensitivity training seminars. Each defendant will also be required to pay $2,500 in fines and reparations to the victims, as well as be barred from contacting them or their relatives.
Wade and Lane acknowledged to shooting two Black teenagers, Steven Gibbs and Deveon Luckett, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, as previously reported. The men told Yazoo County deputies that they were tired of joyriders riding their four-wheelers on the dirt road next to their property, which they owned on both sides.
The young males, on the other hand, maintained they had never trespassed. Wade and Lane pursued the teenagers in their pickup truck, firing numerous bullets at them before attempting to drive them off the road.
They smashed their vehicle into the rear of one of the ATVs at one point. Luckett and Gibbs were fortunately unharmed, and the father and son were later apprehended. While riding off-road vehicles such as ATVs on highways and public areas is unlawful, the lane near the Twiners was a popular hangout for riders, and the bans were rarely enforced.
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