Dennis Mahon Sentencing: White Supremacist Faces Prison Time After Package Bomb Attack
PHOENIX -- A white supremacist is set to be sentenced Tuesday in a 2004 bombing that wounded a black city official in suburban Phoenix.
A jury in February found Dennis Mahon, 61, guilty of three federal charges stemming from a package bomb that injured Don Logan, who is black and was Scottsdale's diversity director at the time, and hurt a secretary.
The explosive detonated in Logan's hands on Feb. 26, 2004, in a Scottsdale city building.
Mahon faces between seven and 100 years in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Campbell.
The jury stopped short of finding Mahon guilty of a hate crime after his six-week trial that included dramatic testimony from Logan and a female government informant dubbed a "trailer park Mata Hari" by defense attorneys.
Mahon's identical twin brother, Daniel, also was accused in the case but was acquitted of the only charge he faced.
Prosecutors argued at trial that the Mahon brothers bombed Logan on behalf of a group called the White Aryan Resistance, which they said encourages members to act as "lone wolves" and commit violence against non-whites and the government.
Prosecutors showed surveillance tapes of the brothers referring to Logan in racial slurs. They also played a voicemail that Dennis Mahon left at Scottsdale's diversity office just months before the bombing in which he angrily said: "The white Aryan resistance is growing in Scottsdale. There's a few white people who are standing up."