A 19-year-old Lynnwood man was sentenced to three months in prison, three months of house arrest and three years of probation in U.S. District Court Friday for lying to a federal grand jury about his involvement in a July 2004 cross burning in Edmonds.
According to U.S. District Court documents, Joseph Lin pleaded guilty in December to lying about his involvement in a cross-burning incident that apparently began as an argument among friends. Authorities investigated it as a hate crime because of the victims' Middle Eastern roots.
Prosecutors said Lin and Jayson Russell, 19, of Snohomish, were part of a group of teens that burned a cross on the lawn of an Edmonds home, but those two lied to a federal grand jury about their participation.
Several of the other participants have pleaded guilty to civil-rights charges and have been sentenced in state court. Russell is scheduled to be sentenced June 2.