c. 2012 Religion News Service
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The last of three white men convicted of torching a black church on the night of President Obama's election was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison on Wednesday (Jan. 18), bringing the highly publicized case to a close.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) Breaking a two-day deadlock, a federal jury
convicted a white man, Michael F. Jacques, on all three charges Thursday
(April 14) for a fire that destroyed a black church the night of
President Obama's election.