The man who pleaded guilty to burning a cross in the yard of a black family was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Thursday.
A federal complaint alleged that 21-year-old Brandon Rhodes and a juvenile co-conspirator burned a cross in the yard of a black family in Morrow County in March 2011. Both suspects are white.
On June 11, Rhodes' attorneys requested leniency for their client, stating he would be better served performing community service in the company of minorities than serving time.
Attorneys claimed that Rhodes regretted the incident, which happened after a night of drinking during which he had consumed about 10 beers.
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