COLUMBUS, Ohio – A man has pleaded guilty to a civil rights charge in the case of a wooden cross bearing a racial slur that was burned in the yard of a black Ohio family.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Parker says one of people's most basic rights is to be safe in their homes and calls the case a tragedy for everyone.
The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/xVaQbo ) that 20-year-old Brandon Rhodes, who pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to threaten the rights of an individual, now faces 10 years in prison.
A federal complaint alleged Rhodes and a juvenile co-conspirator, who are white, also wrote "KKK will make you pay" on the cross burned in Morrow County last March.
The juvenile pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of aggravated menacing.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com