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A protester waves a Confederate battle flag in front of the South Carolina statehouse, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the rebel banner is scheduled to be removed Friday morning during a ceremony. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Two people were sentenced for a Confederate flag display that disturbed a child's party


A man and woman in Georgia were sentenced to prison time Monday for terrorizing a black child's birthday party with a Confederate flag display.

Jose Torres, 26, and Kayla Norton, 25, were convicted earlier this month of charges including making "terroristic threats" during a 2015 incident in Douglass County, Georgia, according to The New York Daily News.

The incident happened around the same time Dylann Roof opened fire at a Charleston, South Carolina, church and killed nine black parishioners. That heightened the debate over the symbolism of the Confederate flag. 

Prosecutors and witnesses who attended the birthday party told the court that a group of people drove trucks displaying Confederate flags past the party while yelling racial slurs. 

Norton reportedly loaded a shotgun and handed it to Torres who is accused of pointing it at party attendants and threatening to kill them, Reuters reports.

Norton and Torres received the most serious charges of all 15 people involved in the incident. 

Georgia Superior Court Judge William McClain sentenced Torres to serve 13 years in prison and for Norton to serve 6 years. Their sentences were a year longer than what prosecutors asked for, Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner told Reuters.


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