Man admits lying about cross-burning


An article in Tuesday's Anne Arundel edition should have reported that a Pasadena man pleaded guilty to filing a false report with police in a cross-burning on a neighbor's lawn.

Robert C. Horn, 26, of the 300 block of Center St., charged with setting fire to the cross, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge, admitting he lied about his name and whereabouts at the time of the cross-burning.

The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

A 26-year-old Pasadena man pleaded guilty yesterday to making a false report to police after he burned a cross on a neighbor's lawn, then lied to police about it.

Robert C. Horn of the 300 block of Center St. admitted yesterday that he lied to a police officer investigating a cross-burning Aug. 6 in Pasadena.

According to a statement of facts, Horn gave the officer who arrived in the first block of Magothy Beach Road a fake name. He also lied about his whereabouts earlier in the day, said Assistant State's Attorney Steven M. Sindler.

Mr. Sindler said that neither the neighbor on whose lawn the cross was found, nor the neighbor whom the cross was intended to intimidate, was interested in prosecuting the case.

Neither showed up for yesterday's proceeding.

Horn agreed to plead to the lesser charge to avoid a trial and the possibility of a greater penalty, Mr. Sindler said.

Cross-burning is a statutory offense punishable by three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Police said Horn, who is white, burned a cross on the lawn of Benito Miller of the first block of Magothy Beach Road. Police said the cross was intended for Mr. Miller's neighbor, Warren Scurry, who is black. The two men had argued earlier that day.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. set sentencing for April 26.

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