Ole Miss Statue Vandalism

Federal court filings show Austin Reed Edenfield is scheduled to waive indictment and plead guilty Wednesday to a criminal charge related to the 2014 placement of a noose around the James Meredith statue on the Ole Miss campus. (Photo: Thomas Graning, AP)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former University of Mississippi student who admitted helping place a noose on a statue of a civil rights activist is going to prison.

WTVA-TV (http://bit.ly/1izGHM3) reports a federal judge sentenced Graeme Phillip Harris to six months in prison beginning Jan. 4. During the Thursday hearing in Oxford, he also ordered Harris to serve 12 months’ supervised release. Harris’ lawyer argued he didn’t deserve jail time.

Harris pleaded guilty in June to a misdemeanor charge of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students and employees. Prosecutors say he and two other former students placed a noose on the statue of James Meredith, a Black man who integrated Ole Miss amid rioting in 1962.

A second man, Austin Reed Edenfield, had been scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday. That hearing was postponed. The third former student has not been charged.

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Information from: WTVA-TV, http://www.wtva.com