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January 23

On this date in 1998, in a Texas federal courtroom, three Ku Klux Klan members received lengthy sentences for their role in a 1997 conspiracy to bomb a natural gas processing plant near Fort Worth, Texas to act as a diversion for an armored car robbery. Edward Taylor, Jr., 35, was given a 21-year and 10-month prison term, but he only served about nine years of that sentence as he was released from federal prison on March 14, 2007. Shawn Dee Adams, 37, received a 14-year prison term, and he completed his prison sentence on September 29, 2006. Carl Jay Waskom, 31, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy, received a nine-year and two-month prison sentence; he completed his prison term on June 18, 2004. The wife of Shawn Adams, Catherine Dee Adams, 35, was also convicted and sentenced to a federal prison term. She completed her prison sentence on October 11, 2006.

In the early morning hours in 2009 on this date in Stockton, California, two cars on Shoreham Place were set on fire and racial slurs were spray-painted on a nearby sidewalk, and police believe the arsons may constitute a hate crime, because the owners of one vehicle are a mixed-race married couple. If you have any information about these fires, please contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377.

On this date in 2011, in Carrollton, Georgia (Carroll County), an openly gay man who is so disabled that he cannot work and is rarely able to leave his home, Christopher Staples, 43, had his house set on fire in what appeared to be an anti-gay hate crime. Hours before the arson, on January 22, 2011, someone threw a large rock through the window of Mr. Staples' Alvin Drive home near Walker Lake; attached to the rock was a note with threats, homophobic slurs, and these statements: "we know you are gay," and "burn in hell." Mr. Walker, who lived next door to his parents, was found on his front yard by his mother, Wanda Morris. The home was significantly damaged by the blaze. The FBI and local law enforcement investigated the arson as a probable hate crime. If you have any information about this crime, please call the Georgia arson hot line at 1-888-282-5804, or call Investigator Tony Reeves at 770-830-5880. A $10,000 reward has been offered by the Georgia Arson Control Program in the Georgia State Insurance Commissioners office for information leading to arrest(s) and conviction(s) of this crime.

On this date in 2011 in Washington, D.C., a white openly gay man, Kevin "Jaden" Perry, 35, was charged by police with a hate crime assault with a dangerous weapon (a chain) against a homeless man. Outside the gay bar JR's on 17th Street, N.W. Perry allegedly hurled anti-gay slurs and threats at a homeless man, swung a chain at him, and punched him on the back. Although the United States Attorney’s Office dropped the hate crime assault charge against Kevin Perry on January 24, 2011, he was charged by that office with assault, possession of a prohibited weapon (a chain), and threats to do bodily harm (he threatened to kill the homeless man). Perry, who initially pleaded not guilty, stated that he was called a "faggot" by the homeless panhandler (not the other way around) and that he did not assault the man. However, on February 14, 2011, as part of a plea bargain, Perry pleaded guilty to two of three charges filed against him, namely, threats to do bodily harm and simple assault in exchange for the third charge against him being dropped. He was then sentenced by Superior Court Judge Marisa Demeo to 90 days in jail on each of the two charges to which he pled guilty, which was suspended. Judge Demeo then ordered Kevin Perry to nine months of unsupervised probation, and ordered him to pay $100 to the court's crime victims fund.

On this date in 2013 in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, a white bartender at the One Horse Saloon in Holly Hill, Florida, Adam Winterstein, 32, of Daytona Beach, Florida, allegedly knocked a lesbian to the pavement in the parking lot of Metz Liquors located at 2136 South Atlantic Avenue after having hurled anti-gay and anti-lesbian slurs at her. The victim, Denise Duarte, 50, of Daytona Beach, suffered minor injuries, and Winterstein was charged with third-degree felony battery causing bodily harm as a hate crime and resisting an officer without violence. Immediately after being placed under arrest Winterstein allegedly began kicking and banging his head on the rear window of the police car. Winterstein's girlfriend, Pia Hogue, 29, who was present during the hate crime attack, was also arrested then on charges of resisting arrest without violence and misuse of 9-1-1 because she allegedly kept calling 9-1-1 even after police told her not to and because she allegedly pulled a handgun she had in her waist while police were on the scene.

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