A Perry County husband and wife have been arrested and charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling in what authorities believe was a racially motivated crime.Donnie Sylvester, 42, and Jennifer Sylvester, 25, have each been charged with five counts of aggravated assault, each in connection with a late October incident at the Beaumont home of Renee Hinton.
Hinton, her three sons, and a friend were inside the house when nearly a dozen bullets were fired into the home. No one was injured, but Perry County authorities said it appeared the shooting was a hate crime.
Hinton, who is black, told WDAM the shooting apparently stemmed from her son's friendship with a white female. Sources said the white female is Donnie Sylvester's daughter.
Hinton went on to explain her son was 15 and the girl in question was an elementary school student.