Mayor Domenic J. Sarno comments on the recent request from the arsonist who was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for torching an African-American city church in 2008 on the night President Barack Obama was first elected.
Mayor Sarno stated, “I have enough to deal with, with our court systems allowing repeat violent offenders out again and again. Now they want to let a convicted church arsonist out years earlier on a B.S. compassionate release – where was his compassion when he performed this most hideous crime!”
“I hope, pray and urge our federal court system to not allow this to happen,” Mayor Sarno added. “This terrible race based crime occurred very early in my mayoral administration in November, 2008, right after the election of our nation’s first African-American President Barack Obama. I remember it very well, being on site and working very closely with Bishop Bryant Robinson, our SFD, SPD, and state and federal law enforcement officials to quickly bring this arsonist to justice. An event such as this could have torn any city apart, but thanks to the strong, respected and calm leadership of Bishop Robinson, as we all worked together as one, this did not occur.”
“Again, to our federal court system, please, I urge you not to let this convicted church arsonist out years ahead of his time – it would send the wrong message to our Springfield community and beyond,” Mayor Sarno continued.