Graham Williamson and his accomplice pleaded guilty of the crime.
Graham Williamson and Louie Revette decided that they would like to intimidate a black family and in October 2017, they decided to build a cross and burn it in front of the family's house in Seminary, Mississippi. As reported by BlackNews, they were completely aware of the message they were trying to send and the historical significance of burning a cross as a mean for intimidation.
The Justice Department said that it was their intention to "threaten, frighten, and intimidate [the victim] and other African American residents because of their race, color and because they lived in and occupied residences in that area of Seminary."
Louie Revette received a sentence of 11 years as the prosecutors said he was actively involved in plotting and organizing it while also being instrumental in trying to recruit others for his purpose. Graham, on the other hand, has received a sentence of 3 years.
The house they burnt the cross across had a juvenile resident and the name remains undisclosed. Following the judgment, FBI Jackson Division Special Agent in Charge Michelle A. Sutphin said in a statement: "Mississippians should not have to fear for their safety within their own neighborhoods, and this case should send a strong message to those who threaten others based on race or color."