Reputed Klansman handed 3 life sentences for kidnapping, conspiracy in 1964 Miss. case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - James Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman, was sentenced Friday to three life terms in prison for his role in the 1964 abduction and murder of two black teenagers in southwest Mississippi.

Seale, 72, was convicted in June on federal charges of kidnapping and conspiracy in the deaths of Charles Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, two 19-year-olds who disappeared from Franklin County on May 2nd, 1964.

The young men's bodies were found two months later in the Mississippi River.

Seale showed no emotion when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate.

Wingate told Seale that the 43-year-old crimes were "horrific."

Seale was given life terms on each of two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy. Wingate denied a defense motion to allow Seale to be free on bond while his case is appealed.

Federal public defender Kathy Nester immediately filed with Wingate a notice of appeal.       During the sentencing hearing, one of Dee's sisters and Moore's brother talked about how the violent deaths affected them and their families.

When asked by Wingate if he had anything to day, Seale, who wore an orange jail jumpsuit and was shackled at his waist and ankles, stood, shook his head and said "No."

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