- A Texas man has been sentenced to a year in prison for leaving dolls in nooses outside of a black family’s apartment building.
- Glenn Eugene Halfin, 64, was sentenced on Wednesday.
- Halfin’s lawyer said in court that his client is “not racist,” and the incident was a culmination of a neighbourhood dispute.
- Although he initially denied being involved in the hate crime, Halfin ultimately pleaded guilty to federal charges.
- He must report to prison on November 16.
A Texas man has been sentenced to a year in prison for leaving dolls in nooses outside of a black family’s apartment building, the Star-Telegram reports.
Glenn Eugene Halfin, a 64-year-old retired firefighter, was sentenced on Wednesday, per the outlet.
In court, Halfin’s lawyer, Brook Antonio said that his client is “not racist,” and the incident was a culmination of a neighbourhood dispute. Halfin had ongoing issues with his upstairs neighbours, who had an infant daughter, Antonio said.
“He had tried talking to them. They would stomp down the floor.” Antonio said. “He got angry, frustrated, and he didn’t handle it well.”
That frustration led Halfin to hang black baby dolls with nooses around their necks outside the apartment building. The incidents occurred over a period of time, from October 4 to December 19, 2017, per the Star-Telegram.
Court documents also showed that Halfin intimidated and interfered with the family because of their race.
The family told Grapevine police that Halfin also damaged their vehicles with faeces and eggs, per the paper. Additionally, authorities say he once fashioned a noose, put a doll in it, and hung it “directly in front of the only staircase the family could use to access their apartment,” according to the outlet.
Halfin was arrested in December 2017 on state-level stalking charges and released on a $US10,000 bond. After his December 2017 arrest, he was kicked out of the Grapevine apartment.
A federal charge based on the state-level investigation was filed against Halfin in June. Although he initially denied involvement in the hate crimes, Halfin ultimately pleaded guilty to federal charges.
He must report to federal prison on November 16.
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