A white supremacist pleaded guilty Wednesday to slaying a black man with a sword back in 2017 in Times Square.
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 told police he traveled from Baltimore to carry out the attack. Adding that the slaying had been practice for further assaults on black people and that he had something "bigger" in mind.
Shortly after the crime, he turned himself into the New York Police Department. In his confession, Jackson revealed his primary motive for killing Caughman was because he despised mixed race dating, specifically Black men coupled with white women.
Among other indictments, Jackson was booked on charges of homicide in the form of terrorism and homicide as a hate crime.
the victim was a lifelong New Yorker and avid autograph hound, He was examining a pile of trash on West 36th Street near Ninth Avenue scavenging for cans and bottles when Jackson plunged a sword into his back.
The victim fell to the ground and put his hands up as Jackson repeatedly thrust the blade into his chest then fled.
During his plea 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.
The plea came several weeks after Ward ruled that jurors would hear Jackson's detailed confession if the case had gone to trial. Jackson's attorneys said he pleaded guilty against their advice, aware he would face a mandatory life sentence.
Jackson will face life in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 13 after pleading guilty to six counts, including murder and a hate crime charge.