Two Marysville men pled guilty to beating two people, which was deemed a hate crime by investigators, on Tuesday in a federal court.
Billy James Hammett, 28, and Perry Sylvester Jackson, 27, admitted to the April 18, 2011 attack in the parking lot of a Marysville convenience store, U.S. Attorney spokesperson Lauren Horwood said. When an African American woman, accompanied by a white man, drove into the parking lot, Jackson called the man a "n----- lover" and punched him in the head twice. Hammett, who has white supremacist tattoos, went up the driver's side of the car and kicked the woman in the chest.
Moments later, a third suspect, Anthony Merrill Tyler, smashed the windshield with a crowbar.
Jackson and Hammett could be sentenced to a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Their sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 25, 2014.
Charges are pending against Tyler, Horwood said.