INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted an Indianapolis woman accused of threatening to burn down a house to keep African-Americans from moving into her neighborhood.
The U.S. attorney's office says the home was set on fire about six weeks after 48-year-old Sheryl Small allegedly made the threat in 2009, but she hasn't been charged in that arson. The fire is still under investigation.
Small was indicted this week on a charge of interfering with the housing rights of another.
Small told WRTV she isn't racist and didn't set the fire, and she hopes the blacks who lived in the house find justice.
If convicted, Small could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.