Noose Conviction

(Top left) 51-year-old Jack Turner of Rocky Mount; and (background photo) is of the black-faced dummy found hanging in his yard. (Screengrabs from WDBJ7 news report)

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man accused of hanging a black-faced dummy in his yard where his black neighbors could see it has been found guilty of violating a state law against displaying a noose to intimidate people.

A judge convicted 51-year-old Jack Turner of Rocky Mount on Tuesday. Turner could face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $2,500.

Multiple news outlets report Turner was arrested in June after hanging a life-sized dummy wearing a black ski mask from a tree in his yard.

A 2009 Virginia statute makes it a felony to display a noose with the intent of intimidating someone. Prosecutor Robert Deatherage said he believes this is the first time someone had been convicted under the statute.

Turner’s lawyer says he plans to appeal.