Thursday, September 22, 2011
Sentencing will be held in January 2012 for a black man who admits posing as a member of the Ku Klux Klan in sending racist letters in 2006 to a police department and city hall in his former southwestern Illinois hometown of O'Fallon
African-American Justin Kidd, 28, pleaded guilty in federal court in East St. Louis to charges of conveying false threats in O'Fallon. Federal prosecutors say that Kidd mailed a letter to the O'Fallon Police Department in November 2006 threatening to burn down an apartment complex if blacks were not barred from living there. Another letter to O'Fallon City Hall a week later pledged to burn down the houses of blacks there if they weren't purged from the city.