Ward and Anderson bring in Lester Cowens (Pruitt Taylor Vince) for questioning. They then tell Deputy Clinton Pell (Brad Dourif) that Lester gave them blow-by-blow details about what happened to the three civil rights workers. That night, a group of Klan members storm Lester's house and string him up for a hanging. Ward and Anderson how up just in time to stop the hanging, and this time Lester talks. One by one, the rest of the group are brought in—Frank Bailey (Michael Rooker), Floyd Swilley (Marc Clement), Sheriff Ray Stuckey (Gailard Sartain), Wesley Cooke (Stephen Bridgewater), and Clayton Townley (Stephen Tobolowsky). All except Sheriff Stuckey are found guilty of violating civil rights laws and sentenced to 3-10 years in prison. Stuckey is acquitted, and Mayor Tilman (R. Lee Ermey) is found hanged in his basement. When asked why Tilman hanged himself when he wasn't a part of the murders, Ward replies, "Anyone's guilty who watches this happen and pretends it isn't...just as guilty as the fanatics who pulled the trigger." Prior to leaving town, Anderson stops at the Pell house to find it in shambles. He asks Mrs Pell (Frances McDormand) what her plans are, and she assures him that she intends to stay right there, knowing that there are many people in town who think that what she did was the right thing to do. In the final scene, Ward and Anderson attend a burial. The camera pans across the cemetery, coming to rest on a broken gravestone, the only words visible being "1964...not forgotten."