OXFORD, Miss.– A former University of Mississippi student who admitted to helping place a noose on a statue of a civil rights activist is going to jail.
A federal judge sentenced Graeme Phillip Harris to six months in jail starting January 4.
During a Thursday hearing in Oxford, he also ordered Harris to serve 12 months’ supervised release.
Harris’ lawyer argued he didn’t deserve jail time.
Harris pleaded guilty in June to a misdemeanor charge of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students and employees.
Prosecutors say he and two other former students placed a noose on the statue of James Meredith, a black man who integrated Ole Miss amid rioting in 1962.
A second man, Austin Reed Edenfield, had been scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday, but that hearing was postponed.
The third former student has not been charged in the case.