Church arsonist sentenced to nine years

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The first of three men charged with torching a black church hours after President Obama’s 2008 election was sentenced to nine years in prison on Monday (Nov. 1) for what the judge called a “particularly vicious act of stupidity.” Benjamin J. Haskell, 23, of Springfield also must pay a share of $1.7 […]

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