White supremacist sentenced in Hardy firebombing

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/January 27, 2012

Little Rock -- An Evening Shade man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a firebombing attack on an interracial couple's home in Hardy.

Jason Barnwell, a self-professed white supremacist, pleaded guilty in August to charges of conspiracy against civil rights, use of fire in the commission of a felony and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the Jan. 14, 2011 attack.

Authorities wrote in an arrest affidavit that the men participated in the Jan. 14 attack because the victim "was a black male living with a white woman" and because of comments the victim made to Barnwell's girlfriend. Prosecutors have described Barnwell as the leader of a white supremacist group and a racist.

Two others involved in the attack - Dustin Hammond and Jake Murphy - pleaded guilty to similar charges and were sentenced to 54 months in prison. A fourth man, Gary Don Dodson, entered a guilty plea in the attack on the second day of his trial. He is slated to be sentenced on April 6.

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