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Four Plead Guilty to Cross Burning

April 19, 1999

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) _ Four men pleaded guilty today to burning a cross in front of the house of a white woman who took in an interracial couple and their family seeking refuge from a hurricane.

Gary Delane Norman, 25, James Norris Friday, 23, Matthew Ryan Morgan, 19, and Huey Kenneth Martin, 18, admitted to a federal civil rights conspiracy.

Each faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at a sentencing scheduled for July 21.

The woman was the sister of a woman who along with her husband and children were fleeing the approach of Hurricane Georges.

Authorities said crosses were burned in front of the house in Goldonna on two nights in September 1998. Prosecutors said one the men said: ``No blacks sleep in Goldonna.″

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