White supremacist gets 40 years in suburban Phoenix bombing

6:33 AM, May 23, 2012   |    comments
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PHOENIX - A federal court judge on Tuesday imposed a 40-year sentence on a white supremacist who was behind a 2004 bombing that seriously injured Scottsdale's diversity director.

A jury found Dennis Mahon, 61, guilty in February of conspiracy to damage buildings and property by means of explosives; malicious damage of a building by means of explosives; and distribution of information related to explosives.

Dennis' twin brother, Daniel, was found not guilty of a single count: conspiracy to damage buildings and property.

Dennis Mahon maintained his innocence in court moments before he was sentenced.

"I didn't do this crime. I can't apologize for something I didn't do," he said.

A pipe bomb was addressed to then-Diversity Director Don Logan, who is black, and was delivered to his office on Feb. 26, 2004.

When Logan opened the cardboard box, the 1-inch-by-5-inch pipe bomb exploded in his hands, badly injuring him. He has since recovered. Two other city employees also were injured.

"He didn't know me; all he hated was what I represented," Logan said after Tuesday's sentencing. He said he was satisfied with the sentence imposed.

During the hearing, Logan said the experience only strengthened his resolve.

"I will continue to be an advocate in non-hate," said Logan. "I wasn't supposed to survive that attack, but it charted my course that people deserve equal justice, equal treatment."

During the six-week trial, prosecutors said the twins carried out the bombing on behalf of the White Aryan Resistance, an organization that encourages members to commit acts of violence against non-whites.

Prosecutors played racist voice-mail messages that Dennis Mahon left for an undercover informant in which he used a racial slur to describe Logan. In another audio recording, Daniel Mahon is heard yelling the same slur out the window of a truck as the brothers and the informant are driving near Logan's former office.

The twins were arrested in June 2009 on their parents' farm in Davis Junction, Ill., after a 5 and one-half year investigation in which federal agents hired a former stripper to befriend the Mahons to gather evidence against them.

By Ofelia Madrid, The Arizona Republic

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