FORT DODGE, Iowa – A Fort Dodge man convicted of running over a 12-year-old boy because the child is black has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Mark Hennings was found guilty in September. He was sentenced Friday in Webster County District Court.
Prosecutors say Hennings ran the child over on June 2, 2007, as the boy walked with friends near the Fort Dodge Public Library.
Court records show that Hennings got out of his pickup truck and threatened the group with a knife. Records show he drove off but returned and ran the child over.
The boy suffered scraps and an injury to his liver but was released from the hospital two days later.
Hennings was convicted of willful injury causing serious injury and assault in the violation of individual rights with the intent to cause serious injury.