4 teens charged after burning cross in Anson Co. front yard

4 teens charged after burning cross in Anson Co. front yard

Credit: Anson County Sheriff's Office

(L) Benjamin Benson; (C) Ethan Boyette; (R) William Gary Sheppard

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 1:22 PM

LILESVILLE, N.C. -- Four teens in Anson County are accused of burning a cross in the front yard of a Lilesville resident on Saturday.

Lilesville Police Department and Anson County Sheriff's Office where called to a home on Camden Street at around 4:30 p.m. after a burned cross was discovered in the front yard.

Police said the incident was racially motivated and there have been four people charged in connection with this hate crime.

Ethan Boyette, 19, William Sheppard, 18, Brent Benson, 18, were all charged with felony accessory after the fact, injury to real property and second degree trespassing.

Boyette is at the Anson County Jail under a $210,000 bond. Sheppard is at the Anson County Jail under a $110,000 bond.

Benson turned himself in to authorities Monday morning.

A 16-year-old girl was charged in the incident and was released to the custody of her parents, according to police.
 

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