Holden Matthews arson crime case came to a resolution on Monday as the criminal was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Holden Matthews 21 years old, wrecked his entire life in a crime that is just as racist as it is dubious. The act of terror came down as the burning of three historic churches in the course of ten days ending on April 4th, 2019.
He was additionally ordered to pay $2.7 million to all three churches. Holden Matthews pleaded guilty for all three fires back in February this year. He was held accountable for the violation of the Church Arson Prevention Act and also to one count of the use of fire to commit a felony. According to the prosecutors, Holden Matthews arson was an attempt from him to raise his “Black Metal Artist” profile.
Jim Crow South has a history of racist crimes, and this violent act just evoked the pain of the past further. The assistant attorney general from the Justice Department, Civil Rights Division, told that the churches destroyed by the young man have a history traced back to the reconstruction period of post-civil war. Although the churches made it through 150 years of war and peace, they couldn’t get past the hate crime of the defendant. Arson case is the most honest expression of racism still thriving in the US.
Holden Matthews Black Metal Profile
Holden Matthew Black Metal profile was the fundamental motivation behind the fires. The 21-year-old aspiring musician is a Black Metal fan and admitted that he burned the churches due to his disliking of the religious character in those holy places of worship. He was trying to imitate Norway’s crimes that took place in the 1990s in an attempt to boost his status in the ‘black metal community.’ Holden Matthews arson crime left his father in shock. Only the most extreme black metal practitioners have committed crimes like arson, killings, and vandalism.
Holden Matthews Sentencing
Holden Matthews sentencing didn’t come as a surprise at all for anyone except his own father who is also the local sheriff’s deputy. Matthews posted the footage of churches burning on his social media and also discussed them with his online friends the prosecutors found out. In his messenger, he named his would-be label “Soul Rotting Records, ‘Music to burn to’”
The conversation was presented as evidence to the jury in the Holden Matthews arson case. In February, the defendant’s lawyer explained that Mr. Matthews social and mental growth is that of an adolescent and his violence was not motivated by the congregation’s racial identity at any of the church.
He further added that Holden Matthew now completely understands the gravity of his mistake and he has a great remorse towards the pain he caused to these congregations. Sadly, it is too late for Matthews. He has not only destroyed his own life but scarred his father for life with a pre-existing stigma of “blue lives matter more than black lives.”
The clue that led federal and state investigators to the deputy’s son was a red gas can found at the third fire on April 4th, 2019. Authorities traced that can to a local Walmart and said that the receipts and surveillance videos how Matthews buying the tools he needed to start the fire.
The videos further showed him driving his father’s golden pick-up truck at each location. At the second fire, he was seen coming back to watch as firefighters risked their lives. According to his Facebook page, he was a fan of Black Metal, a version of Heavy Metal where the bands are often Anti-Christian and sometimes even Neo-Nazi.