A Georgia couple is heading to prison for quite a spell after using the Confederate flag and an assortment of threats to disrupt an African-American child’s birthday party back in the summer of 2015. Kayla Rae Norton and Jose Ismael Torres were convicted of violating the street-gang terrorism law. And while they were both seen weeping in court – with Norton apologizing to the families victimized, the judge was unmoved.
Norton got 15 years, with six of them in prison, while Torres received a 20-year sentence, with 13 years behind bars. And once they’re out, the pair will be permanently banished from Douglas County. They're the last of 15 people charged in a confrontation that took place in July 2015 in Douglasville. The incident taking place less than a month after the horrific mass shooting at Charleston, South Carolina church.
Prosecutors say members of the dozens large group terrorized partygoers by pointing guns and shouting racial slurs at them. And that’s something Hyesha Bryant says she forgives, but cannot ever forget. “I never thought this would be something I’d have to endure in 2017,” Bryant told Norton and Torres. “As adults and parents, we have to instill in our children the values of right and wrong. That moment you had to choose to leave, you stayed. But I forgive all of you. I don’t have any hate in my heart. Life is too short for that.”
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution