A 37-year-old Glen Burnie man pleaded guilty yesterday to burning a cross last September in a park near Marley Junior High School.
Darrell James Miner, of the 200 block of Poplar Avenue, faces up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine, said Assistant State's Attorney Eugene M. Whissel II. Sentencing is set for July 19.
The prosecutor said Miner was one of four men who burned an 8-foot wooden cross wrapped in cloth in a park near the school on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
Whissel said there was no evidence the men burned the cross to intimidate or harass anyone. He said patrons at anearby bar who knew some of the men said they appeared to be intoxicated when they burned the cross between 11 p.m. Sept. 21 and 1 a.m. Sept. 22.
The prosecutor said county police in March served a warrant on Miner for the cross burning after arresting him on unrelated charges. Whissel said Miner has been held at the county Detention Center since his arrest.
Whissel said Mark Anthony Shacka, also 37, of the 200 block of Queen Anne Road, Glen Burnie, is awaiting trial in connection with the cross burning.