Samuel Goldberg has been a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney for 20 years. Prior to that, he was a New York state prosecutor. He has published various articles regarding the practice of criminal law and frequently provides legal analysis on radio and television, appearing on outlets such as the Fox News Channel, Court TV, MSNBC and The BBC Network. To speak to Sam about a criminal matter call (617) 492 3000.

Church Arsonist Sentenced in MA Case

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.”

Source: The Boston Globe, Church arsonist pleads guilty in Mass. case

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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