Thursday, March 22, 2007

A black man who threatened to burn white people has been given a 240-year prison sentence

Associated Press:

A judge gave a 240-year prison sentence Wednesday to a black man who took hostages in an East Village bar, injuring several with bullets and kerosene, while telling the patrons that "white people are going to burn tonight."

State Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley told Steven Johnson, 39, that he had forfeited his "right to live in society."

Wiley said the purpose of the sentence was "to punish you and to protect the society in which we live."

Johnson, 39, was convicted on March 1 of attempted murder, assault and other charges, including some designated as hate crimes.

Johnson invaded Bar Veloce while nine men and six women were inside it on June 16, 2002. He was carrying three pistols, a samurai sword and a container of kerosene.

He later told police he had left the Brooklyn housing project where he lived and took the subway to Manhattan's East Village, where he looked for "happy" white people to avenge the mistreatment of black people.

He shot and wounded three people, including a police officer, and sprayed kerosene on several customers and threatened to set them on fire. Two women caught Johnson off guard and tackled him, and a policeman shot him.

About a dozen victims and their supporters were in the courtroom for the sentencing.



At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say he forfeited his right to live. I don't recall the usual suspects making a big deal about this case. After all, it was just plain, old white men and women targeted, right? They were probably racists anyway, especially that pig cop. They didn't understand the pain that this Brother was going through.

At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

Nice to see a judge taking a stand against black crime instead of making excuses for it.


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