Black Ill. man charged with sending ‘KKK warning’

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A 28-year-old African-American man has been indicted for sending threats signed from the KKK to officials in the southern Illinois community of O’Fallon.

O’FALLON, Ill. (AP) — A 28-year-old African-American man has been indicted for sending threats signed from the KKK to officials in the southern Illinois community of O’Fallon. A federal grand jury has indicted Justin Lamar Kidd, formerly of O’Fallon, on two counts of maliciously conveying a false threat, said Stephen Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Officials claim Kidd is behind two November 2006 letters to the O’Fallon Police Department and City Hall. Both are signed "KKK warning." The letter sent to the police department warns that an apartment complex would be burned down if "all the blacks" aren’t removed. "Get all the blacks out of O’Fallon before we start burning the(ir) houses down. KKK warning," said the letter sent to City Hall. Kidd was arrested Wednesday and is being held in federal custody. A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for him, and the results will be filed with the court within 30 days. It wasn’t immediately clear who Kidd is being represented by. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release on each charge. O’Fallon is about 20 miles east of St. Louis. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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