JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Reputed Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale faces up to life in prison when he appears in federal court Friday for sentencing in the deadly abductions of two black teenagers in a long-ignored crime from Mississippi's bloody past.
Seale has turned 72 since he was convicted June 14 on two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy in the May 2, 1964, attacks on Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore.
Seale was indicted January 24 after prosecutors revived the case at the urging of Moore's brother, who helped research the crime.
The case was among more than a dozen unsolved, civil rights-era crimes that state and federal prosecutors across the South have revived since the early 1990s.
Seale did not testify during the trial and showed no emotion when we was convicted. He has been in the Madison County jail north of Jackson since his arrest in January.
Several friends and relatives of the victims are planning to be in court to watch the sentencing.