Man admits trying to scare away blacks
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A man who admitted he spread mercury around an interracial couple's house last year to try to scare black families from his neighborhood has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges.
David Fredericy, 50, who is white, faces two years in prison when he is sentenced in January. He entered his plea Thursday in federal court to charges of conspiracy, making false statements and criminal interference with housing rights.
In his signed plea agreement, Fredericy said he and neighbor Joseph Kuzlik, who is also white, wanted to drive black residents out of their Slavic Village neighborhood. The two would yell racial slurs and threaten black neighbors, the agreement said.