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Maryland women plead guilty to hanging animal in noose

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland woman and her daughter have admitted to their roles in hanging a dead raccoon from a noose on the porch of an African family's home.

Dena Whedbee and her daughter, Brittany, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy and violating the Fair Housing Act.

The Whedbees admitted conspiring with three other people in April 2010 to hang the raccoon from the family's home in Middle River in an effort to scare them. Two of the other men, Billy Pratt and Joshua Wall, have already pleaded guilty.

They face a maximum sentence of 10 years on the conspiracy county as well as a one-year punishment for violating the Fair Housing Act.

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