Gulfport man indicted on hate crime charge after burning cross to intimidate, threaten neighbors

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www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2022-09-23 13:40:24

A man faces more than 20 years in prison and fines if he is convicted of a hate .

The Justice Department on Friday announced that Axel C. Cox, 23, has been indicted on charges of criminal interference with the right to fair housing and using fire to commit a federal felony.

The charges stem from a December 3, 2020 incident in which Cox burned a cross in his front yard and used threatening and racially derogatory comments toward his black neighbors in an effort to intimidate them. Allegedly, Cox chose to burn the cross because of the victims’ race.

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