A member of a Neo-Nazi group was sentenced to 16 months in prison for plotting to threaten and intimidate minority journalists and advocates who worked to expose anti-Semitism, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Johnny Roman Garza threatened a Jewish journalist and conspired to intimidate other minority journalists and advocates across the nation, according to the DOJ. The 21-year-old plotted with other defendants, who were also members of Atomwaffen Division, a Neo-Nazi group, through an encrypted group chat, the DOJ said.
Garza said he wanted them to “all wake up one morning and find themselves terrorized by targeted propaganda,” according to the DOJ.
“While this defendant did not hatch this disturbing plot, he enthusiastically embraced it, researching addresses for journalists and those who oppose hate in our communities,” U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington Brian T. Moran said in a statement.
“Ultimately in the dark of night he delivered a hateful, threatening poster — spreading fear and anxiety. Such conduct has no place in our community,” Moran continued.
Garza put a poster of a person in a skull masked and holding a Molotov cocktail in front of a burning home on the bedroom window of a Jewish journalist, according to the DOJ. The journalist’s name and address were included on the poster.
“Your actions have consequences. Our patience has its limits . . . You have been visited by your local Nazis,” the poster said, according to the DOJ.
Garza’s sentence included three years of supervised release, according to the DOJ.