SC man gets 10 years for attempted hit on black neighbor

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A white South Carolina man who pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man from the Ku Klux Klan to kill a black neighbor has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

The State reports U.S. District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks sentenced 26-year-old Brandon Lecroy on Thursday. Hendricks ruled that Lecroy’s offense qualified as a hate crime, but noted that the plan to have someone else killed was so serious she would have given him 10 years even if race wasn’t a factor. Ten years is the maximum sentence for the offense.

Hendricks’ ruling came after a spirited argument by Lecroy’s attorney, Erica Soderdahl, who says race didn’t play a role. She says Lecroy was trying to get rid of an extremely troublesome neighbor who happened to be African American.


This story has been edited to clarify that Lecroy pleaded guilty. Bruce Howe Hendricks is a woman; references to judge as ‘she’ are correct.


Information from: The State,

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