COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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 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.