Two plead guilty to burning 'KKK' into lawn

Two plead guilty to burning 'KKK' into lawn
Jonathan and Sol Whyte, holding a friend's child, talk on Tuesday, May 27, 2008, about finding a cross and the letters "KKK" burned into their lawn late Monday night in Medford, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two Medford men have pleaded guilty to burning the shape of a cross and the letters KKK into the lawn in front of a mixed-race couple's home.

 

Gary Moss and Devan Klausegger were accused of hate crimes after the burning on May 26 at the home of Jonathan and Sol Whyte.

Jonathan Whyte moved from Jamaica in 2000, and the couple and their two daughters moved into the house in January 2008.

The U.S. attorney's office said in a statement Tuesday that Moss poured a flammable liquid on the front lawn, and Klausegger provided a small explosive device that Moss used to ignite the liquid.

 

They face a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. Sentencing is May 5.

(Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.)