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Second man pleads guilty in noose case

A former University of Mississippi student pleaded guilty Thursday morning for his role in a racially-charged incident on the Ole Miss campus in February 2014 when he and two others hung a rope and a Confederate flag on the James Meredith statue.

Austin Edenfield, 21, was charged with aiding and abetting another person using a threat of force to intimidate African American students on a publically-funded campus. Edenfield pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mike Mills who set sentencing for July 21. The maximum sentence is one year in prison. The government is asking for leniency due to Edenfield’s cooperation during the investigation.

Edenfield agreed to waive a formal indictment by a grand jury.

Read the EAGLE Thursday for more information.