A New Jersey man who was caught on video unleashing a racist rant and spitting at his Black neighbors was handed a lengthy prison sentence this Friday, The New York Post reported.
Edward Cagney Mathews, 47, must serve four years of the eight-year sentence that was given to him by Superior Court Judge Gerard H. Breland. He pleaded guilty to four counts of bias intimidation as well as possession of a controlled, dangerous substance with intent to distribute.
According to The Post., Mathews” sobbed” as his sentence was being read.
“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future,” Mathews said in his statement to the court while shackled and handcuffed. “I want to commit to rebuild the community.” He also apologized to the victims for his “insensitive and disrespectful words in the past.”
From The New York Post.
Mathews sparked outrage when he hurled racial slurs at his black neighbor in his Mount Laural community following a dispute with his condo complex’s homeowners’ association in July 2021, Philly Voice reported.
Mathews was captured on footage referring to the neighbor as a “monkey” and a “n—-r” while bumping his chest and spitting on the man during the altercation.
During his racist tirade, Mathews challenged his neighbors “to come see me” and gave out his address.
The Mount Laurel Police Department began its investigation into the incident, first filing a harassment complaint against Mathews.
Officers then received a call a short time after filing the complaint that Mathews was using racial slurs against several other residents and needed to be removed from the area.
The video of the altercation went viral, resulting in hundreds of people flocking to his home, chanting his name, and calling for his arrest.
Watch the video below:
Edward Cagney Mathews should’ve minded his business with his racist behind. Now you finna get it ol silly tail self! pic.twitter.com/9dyQBIF8UF
— Winsley Nicole (@WinsleyMelan) July 5, 2021