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White supremacist pleads guilty to NYC sword killing

NEW YORK — A white supremacist pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of an attack that authorities said was intended to incite a race war in the United States.

James Jackson admitted to fatally stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman in March 2017 after stalking a number of black men in New York City.

Jackson, who is white, told police he traveled from Baltimore to carry out the attack because New York is the media capital of the world. He said the slaying was intended to be practice for further assaults on black people.

Jackson, 30, faces life in prison without parole when he is sentenced Feb. 13 after pleading guilty to six counts, including murder and a hate crime charge.

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He spoke in a calm and collected manner as Judge Laura Ward questioned him in Manhattan criminal court, saying ‘‘that’s true’’ when asked whether he was armed with a sword and two knives when he began hunting black people on the streets of Midtown.

Jackson’s attorneys said he pleaded guilty against their advice, aware he would face a mandatory life sentence.

Caughman was alone and collecting bottles for recycling when he was attacked from behind with a sword.

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