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FBI: Arrest in 2007 Joliet racial arson case

The FBI arrested a Joliet man today on arson and civil rights charges alleging he set fire to the home of an African-American family living on his street in 2007.

The eight children and one adult living in the home escaped the early morning blaze on June 17, 2007 without injury, but moved from the neighborhood after the fire, according to an FBI release.

Brian James Moudry was charged with one count each of arson, using fire to interfere with housing rights on the basis of race, and using fire to commit another felony in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury last Thursday and unsealed today following his arrest.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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