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3 men sentenced in racial crimes

A judge has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for firebombing an interracial couple's home.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for firebombing an interracial couple's home.

Before sentencing Friday in Little Rock, Jason Barnwell said he regretted his actions and that he understands the need for punishment.

Prosecutors say Barnwell and other men made Molotov cocktails and threw them at a couple's mobile home in Hardy last year. The black man and white woman whose home was attacked were not injured but their home caught fire.

Barnwell said he was drunk when he committed the crime but that that was no excuse.

Two other men pleaded guilty Friday in a separate cross-burning incident.

James Branscum and Curtis Coffee pleaded guilty last year after federal prosecutors said the pair burned a cross at a black man's home near Batesville.
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