White supremacist to plead guilty to torching black neighbors’ Joliet home
BY KIM JANSSEN Sun-Times Media January 15, 2013 8:12PM
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:36AM
A white supremacist accused of burning down his black neighbors’ Joliet home in a racist attack plans to plead guilty, according to court papers filed this week.
Brian Moudry, 35, has until now denied torching a house rented by a black family on his block in the early hours of June 17, 2007.
He was due to stand trial next month, but has asked to enter a guilty plea in federal court on Friday, court records show. Eight children had to move because of the fire.
The ex-con has previously served time for hate crimes against African Americans, and has also claimed to be the leader of the Illinois branch of a far-right white hate group led by Matt Hale, who’s serving a 40-year prison sentence after being convicted of asking a follower in 2002 to murder U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow.
Moudry’s face, neck and arms are covered in racist tattoos.
But in a poetic irony, an African-American federal defender — MiAngel Cody — was last summer appointed to represent Moudry, who could not afford to pay an attorney.
Cody did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Moudry, who remains in custody, faces a minimum of 10 years behind bars on two of his three charges.