WA: Prison Term for Cross Burning


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.

 


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