An Indianapolis-area man who burned a cross and arrange a swastika to intimidate his Black neighbor in June pleaded responsible to a hate crime and weapons cost Friday, prosecutors mentioned.Shepherd Hoehn, 51, who’s white, was offended as a result of a neighbor was eradicating a tree on June 18, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana mentioned. The tree was on the neighbor’s property.Hoehn then arrange and burned a cross dealing with the neighbor’s home; used silver duct tape to create a swastika on his fence; blasted the music “Dixie” on repeat; and displayed an indication with racial slurs, in line with a plea settlement.“Hoehn’s hateful and threatening conduct, motivated by racial intolerance, is an egregious crime that won’t be tolerated by the Justice Department,” Pam Karlan, principal deputy assistant lawyer normal of the division’s civil rights division, mentioned in a press release.A request for remark from Hoehn’s public defender was not instantly returned Friday night.Hoehn has not but been sentenced, however he was taken into custody Friday by federal marshals and might be detained, in line with courtroom data.He pleaded responsible to prison interference with housing rights and a weapons cost as a result of he had weapons whereas a ordinary consumer of marijuana, which is unlawful in Indiana and federally.”I wished to make him depressing,” Hoehn instructed the FBI about his neighbor, in line with an affidavit.Hoehn repeatedly denied being racist, however instructed investigators: “He’s a Black man. Perfect alternative, alright. So sure. I wrote a bunch of racial slurs on a bit of board an put ‘em on the market,” in line with the doc.The FBI affidavit additionally says that Hoehn instructed the company that he was upset about Black Lives Matter protests across the nation and efforts to take away statues — an obvious reference to the push to take down Confederate statues.Hoehn walked round with a gun on his hip on June 18, and a few development employees mentioned they have been scared — one prevented turning his again on him, prosecutors mentioned in a detention movement. The neighbor was so afraid he instructed members of the family to remain away and slept with a firearm.A plea deal doesn’t lay out a selected sentence that prosecutors will advocate. Each rely that Hoehn pleaded responsible to hold a most sentence of 10 years in jail, the U.S. lawyer’s workplace mentioned.Phil HelselPhil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.