By The Associated Press
GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — More than three decades after a Black man died in a racially motivated killing in Georgia, two White men have been held accountable.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bill Moore Sr. pleaded guilty to his involvement in the 1983 slaying of 23-year-old Timothy Coggins. Moore received a sentence of 30 years, with 20 to be served in prison.
This undated photo provided by Heather Coggins shows her uncle, Timothy Coggins. (Courtesy of Heather Coggins via AP)
His brother-in-law, Frank Gebhardt, went to trial in June on charges including murder and was convicted by a jury. He was sentenced to serve life plus 20 years in prison.
Witnesses said Coggins was stabbed 30 times and dragged behind a pickup truck. His body was found in Spalding County on Oct. 5, 1983. Prosecutors said Coggins was killed because he was dating a White woman. The case remained unsolved for decades.