August 26, 2021

Father and son convicted of hate crime in 2020 assault on black teens

Therese Apel

Wade and Lane Twiner were convicted of a hate crime on Aug. 25, 2021

A father and son have been convicted of hate crimes in Yazoo County after assaulting two black teenagers in September of last year.

Wade and Lane Twiner were found guilty in Yazoo County Circuit Court Wednesday of simple assault and felony malicious mischief, with a hate crime enhancement.

On September 27, two black teens were riding their four-wheelers on Judkins Road, which is used by people to ride ATVs, horses, and buggies.

“Not only did they shoot at him, they also ran into the back of his four wheeler, and that could also have been murder right then and there,” the mother of one of the teens told WLBT at the time.

Sheriff Sheriff said at the time that the two men told deputies that they pay taxes on land on both sides of the road, they shouldn’t have to deal with people riding ATVs on the road. At the time of the incident, Sheriff Jacob Sheriff said the teens were the only black people on the road, and that nobody else who was riding an ATV on the road was bumped or shot at.

The Twiners will be sentenced on Friday.

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