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Two Brothers Sentenced in Calif.  Synagogue Attacks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Two white supremacist brothers
were sentenced to lengthy prison terms and ordered to pay more than $1
million in damages on Friday for setting arson fires at three Sacramento
synagogues and a building housing an abortion clinic in 1999.

Benjamin Matthew Williams, 33, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. His
brother, James Tyler Williams, 31, was sentenced to 21 years behind bars.

The brothers, who face separate murder trials and possible death
sentences on charges that they gunned down a gay couple outside
Redding, 220 miles north of San Francisco in 1999, pleaded guilty to the
Sacramento arson attacks in a plea deal with prosecutors in September.

Along with their prison terms, the Williams brothers were ordered to pay
restitution of $1,001,255 to the synagogues and clinic they attacked.

"The lengthy prison sentences imposed today should send this message to
those who disseminate ideologies of hatred: this society will not tolerate
violence perpetrated in the name of hate," U.S. Attorney John K. Vincent
said in a statement.

Prosecutors said the Williams brothers went on their arson rampage "to
intimidate, terrorize and harm Jews, providers of reproductive health
services and other groups of persons whom the defendants regarded as
inferior or undesirable."

Three temples -- Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation B'nai Israel
and the Knesset Israel Torah Center -- were hit by fire on June 18, 1999.
The attacks destroyed books and caused about $1 million damage.

On July 2, 1999, arson hit a Sacramento medical building that houses the
Choice Medical Group clinic.

Both men have been described by investigators as holding extreme
right-wing, anti-gay and anti-Semitic views. 

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