(PPN) – A Georgia judge sentenced a young couple to a combined 35 years for comitting a hate crime. The pair was two out of fifteen people involved in terriorizing and disrupting an 8-year-old African-American boy birthday party. Jose Ismael Torres, 26, Kayla Rae Norton, 25, and their friends are all apart of a street gang called “Respect the Flag”.
The gang has been known for going around Douglas County, west of Atlanta, targeting black people.
The gang members drove their trucks in front of the house before coming in and verbally abusing the guests. They waived the Confederate flag while using racial slurs and threatened everyone there, including the children.
According to reports, Norton loaded a shotgun and gave it to Torres who then pointed it in the face of the attendees.
During a video that was played in court, background voices are heard telling the bigots “this is a child’s party.” Despite being told that, one of the white supremacists yelled “I’m going to kill these n—-s!”
Norton and Torres have three kids together. He was sentenced to 20 years, serving 13 in prison, on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of terroristic threats, and one count of voluntary street gang terrorism. She was sentenced to 15 years, serving 6 in prison, on one count of terroristic threats, and one count of voluntary street gang terrorism.
The sentencing was one year less than prosecutors asked for and their attorney had no comment.
Norton sobed during court and told the families “And we didn’t go home, and I don’t know why,” she said. “But I want you all to know that is not me. That is not him. I would never walk up to you and say those words to you, and I’m so sorry that happened to you. I am so sorry.”
Although Norton apologized it will never change the memory of their foolish actions that ruined a young child’s birthday party.
One of the mothers who was a party guest forgave all of them but reminded them first that their lives and innocent children lives will be affected forever.