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Man Sentenced in Baltimore Firebombing

September 7, 2006

BALTIMORE (AP) _ A man was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison Thursday for helping with the firebombing of the home of an activist who was fighting drugs in her community.

Jackie Brewington, 20, was sentenced to 212 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit witness tampering and use of fire and explosives to commit a felony, federal prosecutors said.

A gang of drug dealers planned the January 2005 attack on Edna McAbier, who had repeatedly complained to police about drug trafficking. The complaints were disrupting the dealers’ business, and the firebombing was an attempt to silence her, prosecutors have said. McAbier escaped unharmed and her home had only slight damage.

To date, seven people have received sentences ranging from 4 years to 80 years for their roles in the attack.

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