This week in U.S. District Court, Henry Clay Glaspell of Arlington was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for arson, a crime he confessed to committing earlier this year. The hate crime was committed against the Dar El-Eman Islamic Education Center in the 5500 block of Mansfield Road in July 2010.
According to the Tarrant County Muslim community spokesman Jamal Qaddura, Glaspell was caught on surveillance video spray painting obscene graffiti at the facility and also setting fire to the playground equipment.
Glaspell admitted that the crime was committed as a series of ethnically motivated acts against people of Arab and Middle Eastern descent. In addition to the arson crime for which he will be serving, Glaspell also admitted to stealing from the center as well as throwing used cat litter at the front door.
Sentenced this week, Glaspell will begin serving his 14 month term on November 21, 2011. U.S. District Judge Terry Means, a 1991 appointee by President George H.W. Bush, ordered Glaspell to surrender himself to the Bureau of Prisons.
U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas said in a report from the Star-Telegram, “Religious freedom is one of our most cherished rights, and that right includes the ability to build places of worship and assemble, free from discrimination. This office will continue to prosecute those who commit such reprehensible acts of hatred.”
Dept of Justice