Nearly six years ago, Brian James Moudry (pictured), a self-avowed White supremacist, burned down a Black family’s Chicago home. Now the man who lived only five houses away from the home of his victims has reportedly been sentenced to a maximum of 10 years behind bars for his crime, reports The Inquistr.
Moudry, who at one time referred to himself as “Rev. Brian ‘Warhead von Jewgrinder’ Moudry,” has reportedly been in the White Power Movement since he was 17. He has also admitted to being involved with the World Church of the Creator, an infamous White supremacist group led by neo-Nazi Matt Hale who’s serving a 40-year prison sentence, after being convicted of asking a follower in 2002 to murder U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow. Moudry, who has committed racially motivated crimes against Blacks before, has also been a leader of White power demonstrations in recent years.
When the unnamed family of nine moved in to Moudry’s Joliet, Ill., neighborhood, they automatically became the targets of his hatred.
On June 17, 2007, at around 4:00 a.m., Moudry, whose face, arms and neck are covered in racist tattoos, doused the victims’ home in gasoline and then torched it, reportedly because he was upset that African Americans rented a house on his block. The ex-con also confessed to planning to intimidate the owner and prevent African Americans from renting the property.
After the fire, in which no one was hurt, the mother and her eight children, who were all under age 14, moved out of the home.
Ironically, a Black attorney, Miangel Cody, represented Moudry throughout his courtroom proceedings. In his defense, Cody said that his client suffers from schizophrenia, childhood abuse and alcoholism, which allegedly contributed to Moudry burning down the victims’ home.
According to Judge Gettleman, Cody defended him so “ably and compassionately” that Moudry should realize that race doesn’t matter, “Everyone who comes into th is room is of the same race — the human race that we try to treat equally under the law.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Podesta didn’t agree with Cody’s mental illness defense, though.
“This was an exceptionally despicable crime that was motivated by hate” Podesta said. She added that Moudry’s sentence should serve as a warning to others who share his ideologies, “If you threaten someone because of their race, you forfeit your right to live in a free society.”
As part of a plea bargain, the 36-year-old arsonist pleaded guilty last January to violating the family’s civil rights.