The indictment alleges that Jerrell Garner Jr., 29; Stacy Jones, 30; Steven Jones, 41; Jeremy Sims, 28; Eric Sullivan, 25; and Billy Wells, 31 — all of Trenton — consipired to threaten their victims rights by using force and fire.
Patrick Crosby, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta, said each could face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of the Nov. 5 cross-burning at the Sand Mountain home of Eva Hurst.
Dade County officials arrested five of the men Nov. 13. Sullivan turned himself in the next day. Sheriff Philip Street said each is out on $50,000 bond and they face an early January court date before of a federal magistrate in Rome, Ga.
The indictment charges that Sims and the Jones brothers made the cross and placed it at the foot of Hurst’s driveway. According to the indictment, the men tried to light the cross, which had been doused in transmission fluid, and drove away. The Jones brothers and Wells later returned and found that the cross had not burned, and Steven Jones then successfully set fire to the cross, the indictment said