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Five Men Charged in Louisiana Cross Burning

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A federal indictment has charged five alleged Ku Klux Klan members with burning a cross in a Black family's front yard in Longville, La.
The family was home when the cross was burned, however the house was not damaged.

All five men indicted are active members of the American Invisible Empire of the Ku Klux Klan, authorities allege. Charged with interfering with the family's housing rights, using fire to commit a felony and conspiracy were Robert Dartez, Berry Lynn Harris, David Fusilier, Christopher Aaron and Samuel James Trahan.
If convicted on all three counts, each defendant could get up to 30 years in prison and be fined $750,000, though federal sentencing guidelines rarely prescribe the maximum for first-time offenders

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