updated 8/15/2008 3:17:59 PM ET 2008-08-15T19:17:59

A teenager who hung nooses off the back of his truck to intimidate a group of black civil rights demonstrators at a rally in Louisiana was sentenced to four months in prison.

Federal prosecutors said 19-year-old Jeremiah Munsen displayed the nooses when he drove past people who had attended a massive civil rights march in Jena on Sept. 20.

Munsen had faced up to a year in prison after pleading guilty in April to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with the marchers' federally protected right to travel.

The marchers were waiting in Alexandria for a bus home to Tennessee. They had been protesting the criminal cases against six black teenagers charged with beating a white student at Jena High School in 2006.

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