Hate crime lands woman in jail

August 10, 2009 1:39:14 PM PDT
A white Arlington woman convicted of a hate crime against her black neighbor must serve six months in state jail. Jurors on Monday ordered jail for 67-year-old Grace Head, who was convicted Friday on two counts over the December 2007 incidents.

Assault with bodily injury and criminal mischief are misdemeanors. The counts were elevated to state jail felonies after jurors decided that Head targeted Etha Kay "Silk" Littlejohn due to race.

Prosecutors say Head hit Littlejohn with a board and jumped on the victim's car after yelling racial slurs and threats.

Mental health experts testified that Head has bipolar disorder. Jurors rejected her insanity defense.

Head received two 180-day jail terms, to be served concurrently, with credit for time served. Head also was fined $4,000 per count.

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