White supremacist sentenced in Hardy firebombing
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.