A 37-year-old Glen Burnie man was ordered released from jail yesterday after serving nearly four months for burning a cross in September in a park near Marley Junior High School.

Darrell James Miner of the 200 block of Poplar Avenue had faced up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine after pleading guilty May 29 to burning the cross.

At Miner's sentencing hearing yesterday, county Circuit Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth handed down an 18-month suspended sentence, gave credit for Miner's time served since his arrest March 16 and placed him on three years' supervised probation.

After a May court hearing on the case, Assistant State's Attorney Eugene M. Whissel II said Miner was one of four men who burned an 8-foot wooden cross wrapped in cloth in a park near the school on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

Whissel said there was no evidence the men burned the cross to intimidate or harass anyone. He said patrons at a nearby bar who knew some of the men said they appeared to be intoxicated when they burned the cross between 11 p.m. Sept. 21 and 1 a.m. Sept. 22.

The prosecutor said county police in March served a warrant on Miner for the cross burning after arresting him on unrelated charges.

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