BALTIMORE (WMAR) - A mother and her daughter pleaded guilty today for their involvement in a racially-motivated crime by hanging a dead raccoon on a family's porch.
Dena Whedbee, 42 and her daughter Brittany Whedbee, 20, pleaded guilty to conspiring to interfere with an African family's housing rights by hanging the raccoon.
According to their plea agreements, Dena and Brittany conspired with Joshua Wall, Billy Pratt and another person to hang the dead raccoon from a noose on the porch of the family in order to frighten them.
Dena admitted that she and another co-conspirator found the dead raccoon. Wall, Pratt and the other conspirator hung the raccoon in the middle of the night on April 29, 2010. Both Dena and Brittany also admitted that they were encouraged to do so.
Dena and Brittany each face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiring to deprive a person of civil rights and 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine for violating the Fair Housing Act.
Sentencing is set for December 14, 2012.
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