MONROE, La. (AP) - A Downsville man has pleaded guilty to placing a noose in the carport of a family's home in an act of racial intimidation.
Thirty-seven-year-old Robert Jackson faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine following his guilty plea Thursday to violating the federal Fair Housing Act. His sentencing is set for Sept. 28.
Federal prosecutors said Jackson had worked for a company located next to the victims' home. The woman, a native of Honduras, lived there with her children and found the noose suspended from a bird feeder when she arrived home on June 13, 2008.
Prosecutors said Jackson was trying to "send a message" to black men who had been visiting the woman's home.