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2nd white man sentenced in 2017 Mississippi cross burning

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A second white man has been sentenced to federal prison for his part in burning a cross in 2017 in the yard of an African American family in south Mississippi.

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett on Tuesday sentenced 38-year-old Graham Williamson to three years in prison.

Williamson pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to intimidating and interfering with fair housing and conspiring to use fire or explosives to commit a felony.

Prosecutors say Williamson and another man built a wooden cross and burned it “with the intention of intimidating and frightening” black residents of Seminary, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Jackson.

Louie Bernard Revette received an 11-year sentence in September, months after pleading guilty to interfering with housing rights and using fire during commission of a federal felony.

Associated Press

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