Posted: Jun 28, 2012 9:12 AM by Associated Press
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - The last of four defendants in a California central coast cross burning has been sentenced to prison.
The defendants burned an 11-foot cross stolen from a church near a black family's Arroyo Grande home in March 2011.
A jury last month convicted 33-year-old Jeremiah Hernandez of arson, cross burning, terrorism, conspiracy and hate-crime enhancements.
He was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison.
Three other defendants reached plea deals earlier.
Prosecutors say 36-year-old Jason Kahn, 20-year-old William Soto and 24-year-old Sara Matheny pleaded no contest in April to arson and terrorism-related charges as well as hate-crime enhancements.
Kahn was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Soto and Matheny got 5 years each.
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