Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

September 08, 2006

Man sentenced in firebombing

One of the last defendants in the Harwood firebombing case was sentenced yesterday in federal court to serve more than 17 1/2 years in prison.

Jackie Brewington, 20, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit witness tampering and use of fire and explosives to commit a felony.

According to prosecutors, Brewington met with several others to plot the firebombing at the home of community activist Edna McAbier in retaliation for her cooperation with police in Harwood, her North Baltimore community. McAbier regularly reported illegal drug activity, and her efforts angered neighborhood dealers, including those who worked with Brewington.

The group carried out the firebombing in January 2005, but McAbier was unharmed and the attack caused little damage. Still, the crime rippled throughout the city with authorities concerned about the safety of witnesses who would report crime.

Six other defendants in the group were convicted at trial or pleaded guilty. All received prison time

The last defendant in the case, Andre Wilkins, faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.

Matthew Dolan

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