An Independence woman faces years in federal prison on charges that she violated the civil rights of an African-American family by painting a swastika and the words “White Power” on their driveway and setting their home on fire with a Molotov cocktail.

An Independence woman faces years in federal prison on charges that she violated the civil rights of an African-American family by painting a swastika and the words “White Power” on their driveway and setting their home on fire with a Molotov cocktail.

A federal grand jury indicted Victoria A. Cheek-Herrera, 33, on three counts – conspiracy against rights, interference with housing rights, using fire during the commission of a felony – the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of Missouri announced Thursday.

It happened almost five years ago, on June 26, 2008. The indictment says Cheek-Herrera conspired with others to injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate Larry Davis and Stacey Little and the couple’s minor children. The family lived in a house in the 600 block of South Arlington in Independence.

The indictment also says this: Cheek-Herrera discussed with others her desire to set fire to the home. She and someone else drew a swastika and wrote “White Power” on the driveway of the Davis and Little residence. She asked a juvenile for gasoline, helped make a Molotov cocktail – a glass bottle with gasoline and a rag stuck in the top as a wick – and then, with someone else, lit it and threw it into the side of the house, setting it on fire.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Check-Herrera, if convicted, faces:

• Up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine om the count of conspiracy against rights.

• Up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the count of interference with housing rights.

• Ten years in prison – after any other sentence – and a $250,000 fine on the count of using fire during the commission of a felony.