Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Crime

Virginia Man Who Burned Cross on Black Family’s Lawn After BLM Protest Gets 18 Months


James Brown (Courtesy: Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority / WJHL)

ABINGDON, Va.– A Marion, Virginia man of Puerto Rican decent who burned a cross on the front yard of an African American family in June 2020 following a ‘Black Lives Matter” protest earlier in the day, was sentenced last week to 18 months in federal prison.

James Brown, 41, pleaded guilty in April to ‘criminal interference with federally protected housing rights based upon the victim’s race.’

“When Brown burned a cross in the victim’s front yard, he carried out a despicable act of intimidation, interfered with a federally protected housing right, and broke a serious federal law,” Acting U.S. Attorney Bubar stated today. “Today’s sentence demonstrates that such threatening acts of hatred will be swiftly investigated and prosecuted. We thank the FBI and state partners for their hard work on this important case.”

“We have zero tolerance in our communities for those individuals violating anyone’s civil rights. Investigating allegations of civil rights violations continues to be a top priority for the FBI; and through our community liaison and law enforcement partnerships we will continue to investigate and mitigate the unwanted and unwarranted behavior of racially motivated individuals,” Special Agent in Charge Stanley M. Meador said today. “FBI Richmond encourages anyone who may have knowledge or is a victim of a hate crime, to report it to law enforcement.”

According to court documents, Brown burned a cross on the front yard of an African American family in the early morning hours of June 14, 2020. One of the family members had organized a ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest the day before in Marion, Virginia. Brown admitted to burning the cross to two witnesses and also was known to use racial epithets when referring to the African American family. At his guilty plea hearing, Brown admitted that he had burned the cross in order to threaten and intimidate the African American family.

Advertisement

Below is a local news report from Jun 26, 2020:

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Marion Police Department, and the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Facebook Comments



Loading

Advertisement
Click to comment
Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

Crime

Department of Defense / News Release: Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced a new security assistance package to support Ukraine’s...

Crime

WASHINGTON (FTC / News Release) – The Federal Trade Commission and 17 state attorneys general today sued Amazon.com, Inc. alleging that the online retail...

Crime

PHOTO CREDIT: JABIN BOTSFORD/THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES Donald Trump’s legal team is attempting to have the federal election subversion case in...

Crime

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – A search warrant executed last week in Morgantown led to the recovery of a large batch of “Rainbow Fentanyl,” a...

Crime

President Biden Delivers Remarks on Maui and Hurricane Idalia Response Facebook Comments Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading. Previous...

Covid-19

 Corrine Lund is a nurse who has absolutely had enough of the lies. Lund came forward on “The Stew Peters Show” to reveal what...

Crime

Law&Crime NetworkFri, September 8, 2023 10:30pmURL:Embed: YouTube mom Ruby Franke and her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, were arrested last week after Franke’s 12-year-old son...

Crime

Navarrete could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 49 years in prison if convicted of all charges, according to prosecutors An Arizona state senator...

Missing

The massive search for Gabby Petito after the Florida woman vanished in September and was later found dead in a Wyoming national park has...

Proud Boys

Proud Boys move into counter protester’s staging area as clash continues in park near Portland. Proud Boys and antifa clash in Portland area as...

Crime

Law&Crime NetworkTue, September 5, 2023 10:30pmURL:Embed: A 41-year-old mom and famous YouTuber was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly tying up two of her children...

Crime

A man died Saturday after being captured on video dangling from a Utah amusement park sky ride before falling off. The 32-year-old was hanging from the sight-seeing ride...

Advertisement