A Virginia Beach man accused of burning a cross on an interracial couple's lawn pleaded guilty today to three felonies.
Edgar Barfield, 34, pleaded guilty to wearing a mask in public, conspiracy and burning a cross to intimidate. He will be sentenced Feb. 7.
Last month, Barfield pleaded guilty to charges he served tequila to two youths and recruited them to help him burn the cross. He was sentenced to a year in jail for two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Barfield did not speak during a brief hearing on the felony counts today. But his wife, Wendy Barfield, said after the hearing that her husband burned the cross in a drunken rage after a black man threatened him.
"Ed's not a racist and he's not in any Klan," Wendy Barfield said.
According to previous testimony, Barfield and the youths, ages 15 and 16, drank tequila and smoked marijuana before making several crosses out of sticks and plastic bags. They also made white masks from sheets, one boy said.
The older teenager was sentenced to 60 days in juvenile detention after he was convicted of wearing a mask in public, burning a cross and conspiracy. The other youth, a Florida resident visiting relatives in Virginia the night of the cross burning, was convicted of burning a cross and conspiracy. Officials refused to disclose his sentence.