A member of the Neo-Nazi group known as Atomwaffen who conspired with other white supremacists to threaten Jewish journalists was sentenced to 16 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to interference with federally-protected activities because of religion, mailing threatening communications and cyberstalking.
In January, Johnny Roman Garza, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, put a threatening poster on the bedroom window of an Arizona-based Anti-Defamation League employee who worked to expose local antisemitism.
“You have been visited by your local Nazis,” the poster, which featured a picture of a burning Molotov cocktail, said. “Your actions have consequences.”
According to a Wednesday Department of Justice statement, Garza placed the poster as part of a broader plan to threaten and intimidate Jewish and Black journalists, as well as others working to expose racism and antisemitism in the United States. The DOJ noted that Garza conspired with other white supremacists via online forums and encrypted chat rooms to catalog and identify a list of targets.
In response to the sentencing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the FBI said that protecting minority groups from terrorism, both domestic and international, was a top priority.
“The United States and other nations fought a global war to rid the world of murderous threats and violence by Nazis,” said Assistant US Attorney General Eric Dreiband. “The nation and its allies defeated Nazi Germany, but Nazi-inspired threats and violence continue to plague this nation and others 75 years after the end of World War II.”
Neo Nazi who targeted Jewish journalists sentenced.