Woman who made racial threat gets 6-month sentence

July 21, 2011
A woman who threatened to burn down a house because two black women were moving in received a six-month prison sentence today in U.S. District Court.
     The sentencing followed a guilty plea from Cheryl Small, 48, to a charge that she violated federal fair housing laws in September 2009 by trying to intimidate the two black women from moving into a house in the 700 block of South Mount Street on Indianapolis' Westside.
     Small confessed to running out of her own home, making threats and yelling racial epithets when she saw Gloria Emerson, 55, and her daughter, Demetria Parker, 25, looking at the home on Sept. 7, 2009. She threatened to burn the house down, authorities said.