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Man pleads guilty in Ohio cross-burning case

March 2, 2012
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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.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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