Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Lakewood Man Faces Jail for Carving Swastika in Lawn

A Lakewood, N.J. man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for carving a swastika into his neighbors’ lawn.

The sentence handed down Friday in Superior Court comes about one year after Scott Cooney was arrested and charged with bias intimidation. His neighbors in an adult housing development had watched as Cooney, 36, carved the swastika into their front lawn.

Cooney had pleaded guilty in June.

One of the neighbors is Jewish, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Prior to the swastika, Cooney had threatened the neighbors for several months with anti-Semitic and anti-gay slurs, according to prosecutors.

Though Cooney had been ordered to have no contact with his victims, he wrote threatening letters to them while in jail awaiting sentencing, which led to an increase in the time of his sentence.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.