"A white man who killed a black man with a sword in the hopes of starting a race war was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday in New York, multiple media accounts said.
James Jackson, 30, a former U.S. Army specialist, apologized for the slaying, before the State Supreme Court Justice Laura A. Ward sentenced him to the maximum allowed under the law, the New York Times reported.
Last month, Jackson plead guilty to first-degree murder in furtherance of an act of terrorism, in the March 2017 death of Timothy Caughman, 66.
He turned himself in at a police station after police circulated surveillance video of the killing.
Jackson, of Baltimore, told detectives that the traveled to New York City because it is the U.S. media capital and he believed that the killing would start a race war."