Man pleads guilty to 2017 cross-burning in Mississippi

Published 9:25 pm Friday, April 12, 2019

A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to a charge involving the burning of a cross near the homes of African American residents.

The U.S. Department of Justice, in a news release Friday, said 37-year-old Louie Bernard Revette entered the plea to one count each of interference with housing rights, a federal civil rights violation, and using fire during the commission of a federal felony.

Revette acknowledged recruiting someone to help him build a cross to burn near the home of a juvenile victim in a predominantly black area of Seminary, Mississippi.

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He also admitted building the cross to threaten, frighten and intimidate the residents because of their race.

Revette faces up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine on the two charges. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 20.