Pair plead guilty to Medford hate crimes

A pair of Medford men face up to 10 years in prison after they pleaded guilty today to burning the image of a cross and the letters "KKK" in the yard of a mixed-race couple last spring.

Gary Moss, 38, and Devan Klausegger, 29, lodged their pleas in a Portland federal court. They are scheduled for sentencing on May 5.

According to the plea agreement, Moss admitted he poured the flammable liquid on the front lawn of the residence of Sol and Jonathan Whyte in the shape of a cross and the letters "KKK."

Klausegger then handed Moss a small explosive device that Moss used to ignite the liquid. They admitted these actions were done with the intent to interfere with the victims' rights because Jonathan Whyte was African-American.

Moss and Klausegger face a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

— Chris Conrad

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