During his plea, Barnwell admitted that on the night of Jan. 14, 2011, he hosted a party where he and three other men, Jake Murphy, Dustin Hammond and Gary Dodson, devised a plan to firebomb the victims’ house. The men then went to the victims’ house in Hardy and when they arrived, Barnwell, Murphy and Hammond constructed three Molotov cocktails and threw them at the house. The Molotov cocktails ignited and damaged the victims’ house; however, the victims fortunately were not injured.
Murphy and Hammond have already pleaded guilty to civil rights violations for their role in this incident. Both defendants received sentences of 54 months incarceration and three years of supervised release. In June 2011, Wendy Treybig, who co-hosted the party on Jan. 14, 2011, with Barnwell, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice. She was sentenced on Dec.13, 2011, to 21 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Gary Dodson pleaded guilty on Dec.7, 2011, and will be sentenced on April 6, 2011.
“This defendant not only committed acts of race-based violence, but recruited others to commit these hate-filled crimes as well. There is no place in our society for criminal acts such as these,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute individuals who commit such atrocious acts.”