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Virginia man pleads guilty in connection with cross-burning

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Posted at 11:33 AM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 11:33:33-04

ABINGDON, Va. -- A southwest Virginia man has pleaded guilty to a federal offense in connection with the burning of a cross last summer on the front lawn of a Black teenager who had recently organized a civil rights protest.

Court records say 41-year-old James Brown of Marion pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of criminal interference with federally protected housing rights based upon the victim’s race.

According to a plea agreement, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Brown's neighbor was a Black teenager who was an organizer of a protest in Marion, a small town not far from where Virginia meets Tennessee and North Carolina.