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Serenity Arsonist

In a heartwarming story out of Texas, an AA who set fire to playground at a mosque, is trying to parlay his membership in AA into a get-out-of-jail-free card. We all know that a drinking habit leads to racism and pyromania, so his participation in AA makes perfect sense in trying to obtain a sentence reduction:

Henry Glaspell, 34, who now lives in Virginia, was charged with a hate crime after the fire and vandalism at the Dar El Eman Islamic Center on July 25.

According to the indictment, filed Tuesday, Glaspell vandalized the mosque “because of the race, color and ethnic characteristics of the individuals associated with that property.”

Glaspell faces up to 14 months in prison when sentenced, assistant prosecuting attorney Alex Lewis said. He said this morning’s plea hearing, in federal court in Fort Worth, took about 45 minutes.

Glaspell’s attorney, William Hermesmeyer, filed a motion Wednesday asking the court to consider his weekly meetings to Alcoholics Anonymous and his counseling, when sentencing him.

Man pleads guilty to setting fire at Arlington mosque playground