FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 26, 2018) — A racist retired firefighter was sentenced to a year in jail for hanging baby dolls with nooses around their neck outside the apartment of his black neighbors.
Glenn Eugene Halfin, 64, had pleaded guilty in July to repeatedly threatening and intimidating the black family who lived above him in Grapevine, Texas because of the color of their skin.
Halfin admitted he had strung the baby dolls up with rope around their neck on a railing of the the staircase he family used and that he t “recognized that this display would be particularly intimidating for the African-American victims who had a young daughter.”
“No family should be afraid for children in their own home,” said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox. “The Northern District of Texas will not tolerate crimes born of bigotry.”
Halfin’s neighbors also reported that their cars had been repeatedly smeared with feces and splattered with eggs. They also told police that a noose had once been thrown on their balcony.
Halfin’s attorney, who is black, had argued for leniency, saying the matter had just been a dispute among neighbors that got out of hand. He insisted his client, who had been a firefighter, arson investigator and emergency medical technician was not a racist.
“He had tried talking to them. They would stomp down the floor,” Halfin’s lawyer, Brook Antonio said. “He got angry, frustrated, and he didn’t handle it well.”
“I’m sorry,” a tearful Halfin said to the judge.