Man’s lie earns him three months in jail

A Snohomish man who lied to a federal grand jury about a hate crime was sentenced Friday to three months in jail, 90 days of home detention and three years of probation.

Jayson Russell, 19, lied to the grand jury about participating in a cross burning in the yard of an Edmonds family in July 2004, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

He is the third person from Snohomish County to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle for involvement in the cross burning.

Joseph Lin, 19, of Lynnwood, received the same sentence after admitting similar conduct. Colin Patrick Sargent, 19, of Edmonds, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for a violating the victim’s civil rights.

According to court records, Sargent had a falling-out with a young man who lived in the Edmonds home. Somebody else suggested the cross burning.

Lin and Russell appeared before the grand jury in October 2004, testifying that they had not participated in the cross burning.

Documents indicate that both men were present during the hate crime, and that Russell even attempted to call the victim, and later called the victim’s girlfriend, to report the crime.

“Cross burning is evil, intolerable and cannot be permitted,” U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour said at Russell’s sentencing.

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