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Iowa man pleads guilty in housing rights case

A Mason City man has pleaded guilty to interfering with the housing rights of a black family.

Justin Hanson was charged earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. He pleaded guilty on Monday.

Officials with the U.S. attorney's office say the 21-year-old admitted that he fired a BB gun at a Mason City house occupied by a woman, her children and her sister in May 2008, as well as posting a racially offensive sign in the family's yard because the family is black.

They say Hanson was trying to "injure, intimidate, or interfere with his victims' enjoyment of their federally protected housing rights" because of their race.

Hanson faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 16.

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