Michael Jacques’ videotaped confession in Springfield church arson case may be used in court, judge rules

| February 19, 2011

SPRINGFIELD – A federal judge denied a bid to suppress a videotaped confession for a city man charged with a hate crime after a predominantly black church was burned down following the presidential election in 2008.

Michael F. Jacques Jr., 26, is one of three defendants indicted for the arson of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ hours after President Barack Obama was elected. Witnesses in the case said the trio doused the nearly completed church under construction on Tinkham Road out of racial hatred.

Two others, Thomas A. Gleason, 23, and Benjamin F. Haskell, 24, have pleaded guilty in the case. Haskell received a nine-year prison sentence and Gleason has yet to be sentenced; he is slated to testify against Jacques at his trial scheduled to begin in U.S. District Court on March 7.

 

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