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By Amber Randall
A white man who expressed a desire to kill black people received terrorism charges for his murder of a black man, prosecutors announced Monday.
Prosecutors charged James Harris Jackson, an Army veteran, with murder in the first and second degrees as an act of terrorism and as a hate crime, reports DNA Info.
“James Jackson wanted to kill black men, planned to kill black men, and then did kill a black man. He chose Midtown as his crime scene because Manhattan is the media capital of the world, and a place where people of different races live together and love one another,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.
Jackson, an admitted white supremacist, confessed to police that he stabbed Timothy Caughman,a 66 year-old black man last week. New York police officers recovered the 26 inch mini sword he allegedly used to kill Caughman.(RELATED:White Man Travels To New York City To Stab Black People)
Jackson told police he traveled 200 miles to New York from Baltimore so his crime would get more attention, Asst. Chief William Aubry of Manhattan South Detectives explained.
Jackson also admitted to hating black men who dated white women, Aubry added.
“Based on certain information it appears that this subject has been harboring these types of feelings for quite some time,” Aubry said. “It’s been over 10 years that he’s been harboring these feelings toward male blacks.”
Jackson could receive a life in prison sentence if he is found guilty of the murder as an act of terrorism charge.
“James Jackson prowled the streets of New York for three days in search of a black person to assassinate in order to launch a campaign of terrorism against our Manhattan community and the values we celebrate,” Vance added.