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All of this happened within a two year span and the Black couple has refused to back down. The White woman, Grace Snowden Head, was convicted on August 7 in Tarrant County of a misdemeanor assault, criminal mischief and a hate crime.
However, in a sentence delivered on August 10, after nine hours of deliberation, the jury sentenced her to only 180 days of jail time on August 10, angering the couple and her supporters.
â€œThe sentencing does not fit the crime! She got a slap on the wristâ€, Mr. Gamble told The Final Call. â€œThis sends a continuous message that Black folks can be done any kind of way in this country even if (the offender) are convicted of a hate crime.â€
â€œShe got mercy today, not justiceâ€, Ms. Littlejohn told The Final Call. â€œAfter she got sentenced she just smiled at me in the courtroom and had no remorse. But the buck doesnâ€™t stop here. She has a higher power to answer to.â€
It was December 19, 2007 when Ms. Head went on a racially-charged tantrum. That morning she first trashed the coupleâ€™s lawn. Later that day she bombarded them with racial and vulgar slurs and commanded her Doberman pinscher to attack the couple, saying â€œkill themâ€. As Mr. Gamble and his fiancÃ©e fought off the dog, Ms. Head commenced to smashing Ms. Littlejohn in the face with the two-by-four, according to the couple.
â€œIt is a shame that in 2009 we are still dealing with things like thisâ€, Mr. Gamble, 36, told The Final Call. â€œWe refused to let this case get slipped under the rug.â€