JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A woman accused of placing a Confederate flag on a black co-worker’s desk has pleaded guilty to lying to a federal officer.
U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley said Tuesday that 58-year-old Susan Thompson faces a possible five-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors say Thompson, who is white, placed an image of the flag on the desk of a co-worker with whom she’d had a contentious relationship at their Jacksonville office for the Army Corps of Engineers. That was in June, one week after nine people were killed at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Roof, a white man who posed with the flag for photos, is charged.
Prosecutors say that during interviews over the Jacksonville incident, Thompson lied to investigators twice.
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Thompson later resigned and has admitted to placing the flag. She denied it was racially motivated.