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Mississippi Man Sentenced To 11 Years For Burning Crosses In Black Neighborhood

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Mississippi Man Sentenced To 11 Years For Burning Crosses In Black Neighborhood

Mississippi Man Sentenced To 11 Years For Burning Crosses In Black Neighborhood

On Tuesday, a white Mississippi man received an 11-year prison sentence for burning crosses near the home of an African American family.

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According to the Daily Mail, Louie Revette, 38, pleaded guilty in April to one count each of interference with housing rights, which is a federal civil rights violation, and of using fire during the commission of a federal felony.

Not only did Revette admit to recruiting someone to help him build a cross to burn near the home of a teenager in a predominantly black area of Seminary on October 24, 2017, he also acknowledged building the cross to threaten, frighten and intimidate people because of their race.

Despite that, during his sentencing hearing, he expressed remorse:

“I want everyone to know I’m not proud of what happened,’ Revette said. ‘I hate what I did. I can’t even believe I did that. I never done anything like that before in my life,” the Daily Mail quotes.

The news site also reports that Revette’s accomplice, Graham Williamson, pleaded guilty to the same two charges in August. He is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

“The Department of Justice will not tolerate these acts of hate, and we will continue to prosecute hate crimes like these to the fullest extent of the law,” Eric Dreiband, an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division, said in the statement Tuesday.

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