Convicted cross burner pleads guilty to gun charge

Montgomery Advertiser, Alabama/April 1, 2016

By Kelsey Davis

Roughly two years after he was convicted for burning a cross in a predominantly black neighborhood, 30-year-old Steven J. Dinkle pleaded guilty to a new federal charge.

This time, he was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm – an offense branching from his 2014 convictions.

During his plea hearing in U.S. District Court, Dinkle - a former Exalted Cyclops of the Ozark, Ala. chapter of the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan - admitted to carrying and posing for pictures with a pistol.

His indictment states that in 2009 Dinkle constructed a six-foot-high cross from wood and nails found around his residence.

He then loaded the cross in a friend’s truck, and drove it to a neighborhood near Johntown Road in Ozark, Ala.

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