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Published On: Tue, Sep 10th, 2019

Mississippi man, Louie Bernard Revette, gets 11 years for crossburning

In April, 38-year-old Louie Bernard Revette plead guilty of a crossburning hate crime in 2017. Today, Revette was sentenced 11 years for the crime.

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Revette, along with a co-conspirator whom he recruited, built and burned a wooden cross near the home of a juvenile victim who lived in a predominantly African-American residential area of Seminary. He burned the cross to threaten, frighten, and intimidate the child and other African-American residents because of their race and color, and because they lived in and occupied residences in that area of Seminary.

“The defendant terrorized members of a community simply because of their race and where they lived,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. “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.”

“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,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst of the Southern District of Mississippi. “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.”

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