- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man has pleaded guilty to civil rights violations after prosecutors say he threatened a black man at a restaurant.

Federal prosecutors say 28-year-old Jeremy Heath Higgins pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of civil rights violations.

Prosecutors say Higgins admitted to approaching and threatening a black man at the Alabama Rose Steakhouse in Quinton in June 2013 because the man was there with a white woman.

A manager at the restaurant confronted Higgins and ordered him to leave the restaurant. Prosecutors say Higgins shouted a racial slur at the manager as he was being escorted out and threated to burn the restaurant down. Prosecutors say Higgins returned to the restaurant that evening and painted graffiti on the restaurant and fence.

Higgins is set to be sentence Jan. 9.

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