Man who vandalized Ole Miss statue sentenced to jail time

Graeme Phillip Harris
Former University of Mississippi student Graeme Phillip Harris, right, with his attorney David Hill, enter federal court, where Harris pleaded guilty to a charge of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students and employees at the university, in Oxford, Miss. on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Harris, of Alpharetta, Ga., pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge arising from a noose placed on a statue of civil rights activist James Meredith. (Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle via AP)

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.

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