Louie Bernard Revette white Mississippi man sentenced 11 years after cross burning near home of African America family in bid to intimidate.
Louie Bernard Revette, 38, was on Tuesday sentenced by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett in Hattiesburg, the Justice Department said.
The prison term follows Revette pleading 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.
Revette acknowledged 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.
Revette expressed remorse at his sentencing hearing, the Hattiesburg American reported.
‘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.’
Seminary is a town of with about 300 residents, located about 70 miles south of Jackson.
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Cross burning used to intimidate
Revette’s accomplice, Graham Williamson, pleaded guilty to the same two charges in August and is scheduled to be sentenced in November.
The Hattiesburg American reported that the victim’s grandmother, Rose Marie Shears, telling the U.S. attorney’s office that the cross burning revived fear and terror of the past.
She told prosecutors that she is afraid that Revette and Williamson or others will return and harm the family. The woman along with government prosecutors had sought sentencing of 20-40 years, ‘so he could not come back and further terrorize her family’.
Cross burnings have historically been used by racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan to rally supporters and terrorize black people in the South and elsewhere.
‘Those who instill fear and terror into our neighbors and our fellow citizens because of the color of their skin will face the full weight and force of the law from the U.S. attorney’s office,’ Mike Hurst, U.S. attorney for south Mississippi, said in a Justice Department statement Tuesday.
‘There is absolutely no place in our society or our country for this type of behavior, and we will do all that we can to prevent these racist acts and bring to justice those who are intent on committing these crimes.’
Other cross burnings in the past decade have occurred in Richmond Hill, Georgia; Minor Hill, Tennessee; Woodland, Pennsylvania; Salado, Arkansas; and Bennington Township, Ohio, among other places, according to Justice Department records cited by the dailymail.
Eric Dreiband, an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division, said in the statement Tuesday that Revette ‘terrorized members of a community simply because of their race and where they lived.’
‘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,’ Dreiband said.