🤔🤔🤔 A #RomanCatholic #priest in #Virginia who stepped down in August from his ministerial duties after revealing he was once a high-ranking #KuKluxKlansman is trying to make amends with a black family he terrorized in the 1970s.
But the family said Friday they are not ready to forgive or forget — and believe they are owed more.
In a handwritten letter to Phillip and Barbara Butler sent in September, the #RevWilliamAitcheson said he "sincerely regrets the suffering he caused" in January 1977, when he burned a cross in front of their #CollegePark, #Maryland, home. The couple, now in their 70s, were newlyweds at the time, and #PhillipButler had just returned home from serving in #Vietnam.
Along with the letter, #Aitcheson sent two checks worth $23,000 to the #Butlers — money the family was supposed to receive from an initial lawsuit filed after the incident four decades ago. That figure had been determined by a court.
But Aitcheson, who was 23 at the time, was arrested and charged for multiple cross burnings and sentenced to 90 days in jail for criminal misdemeanor, #TheNewYorkTimes reported. He never paid the money.
Aitcheson's prison sentence was contingent on him revealing the names of other #Klansmen, which he also did not do at the time, said #NBC #Washington. He was reportedly ordained as a priest in 1988.
At first, the Butlers refused to open Aitcheson's letter and the restitution, the #Catholic #Diocese of Arlington, of which Aitcheson belongs, said in a statement Friday. Now, the diocese added, the couple is willing to accept the checks and have also asked for an extra $9,600 to cover attorney's fees.