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Woman pleads guilty in hate crime case

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LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) – A Region 8 woman accused in the firebombing of an inter-racial couple's Hardy home has pleaded guilty.

Today 31-year-old Wendy Treybig of Evening Shade pleaded guilty in federal court to obstruction of justice.

In April a federal grand jury indicted Treybig, along with Jason Barnwell, Gary Dodson, Jake Murphy and Dustin Hammond on civil rights charges stemming from their participation in the firebombing and subsequent cover-up.  Murphy and Hammond have pleaded guilty are awaiting sentencing.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Treybig admitted in court that she lied to FBI agents about her knowledge of what happened on the night of the incident.  Treybig also admitted that she urged a friend to provide a false story that would serve as an alibi for her co-defendants.

The group is accused throwing Molotov cocktails at a mixed-race couple's home on January 14.

"Threatening a couple with violence because of their race will not be tolerated in our country," Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez said.  "The Justice Department will vigorously prosecute individuals who violate the rights of others because of race."

Treybig faces as much as 20 years in prison. Barnwell and Dodson are scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 25, 2011.

  

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