Benjamin Haskell, a 25-year-old Springfield man, was sentenced to 6 years in a case brought by Massachusetts prosecutors. The sentence is concurrent with his 9-year federal sentence for burning down the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, a mostly-black church, to protest the 2008 election of President Obama.
Haskell pleaded guilty to a 10-count state indictment. The indictment included drug charges and a charge that he set fire to a house in 2003. Superior Court Judge Moriarty called Haskell a “one man crime wave.”
If you have been charged with arson or any crime in Massachusetts, call the criminal defense lawyers of Altman and Altman LLP. Arson can be a felony or a misdemeanor, and the punishments vary. For example, setting fire to a house of worship carries more serious penalties.
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