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COPY-Sentencing set for Thursday in Mississippi civil rights killings trial

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. Sentencing will come tomorrow for Edgar Ray Killen, the one-time klansman convicted in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers.

Killen was convicted of manslaughter yesterday, 41 years to the day after the slayings. One juror in the case says he hopes the conviction will change the way people look at Mississippi.

The jury of nine whites and three blacks took nearly six hours over two days in deliberating the case, convicting Killen of manslaughter rather than on murder charges. The prosecutor says it's not the perfect ending to the case, but Killen is still being held accountable for the killings. The defense says it will appeal.

The murder charge carried up to life in prison. But Killen could still spend the rest of his life behind bars -- each of the three manslaughter charges is punishable by up to 20 years.

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