A Grapevine man found guilty of a hate crime was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison.
For more than three months, Glenn Eugene Halfin, 64, targeted an African American family living in the apartment above him at the Colonial Village Apartments. According to court documents, he bought a baby doll, created a noose and wrapped it around the doll’s neck. He then hung it in front of the staircase, where the family enters their apartment.
He pleaded guilty in July. The defendant “recognized that this display would be particularly intimidating for the African-American victims who had a young daughter,” documents read.
“No family should be afraid for children in their own home,” said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox in a news relese. “The Northern District of Texas will not tolerate crimes born of bigotry. Prosecuting those that persecute others based on race is a priority for my office.”