A leader of a neo-Nazi group who threatened journalists and advocates working to expose anti-Semitism has been sentenced to three years in prison, federal prosecutors said.
Cameron Shea, 25, of Washington, pleaded guilty in April after being charged last year along with three other members of the Atomwaffen Division white supremacist group that targeted Jewish or black journalists, as well as an Anti-Defamation League official in a “hate-filled” campaign in three states.
“The group created posters, which featured Nazi symbols, masked figures with guns and Molotov cocktails and threatening messages, to deliver or mail to the journalists or advocates the group targeted,” the Department of Justice said in a statement Tuesday.
Shea told the group he wanted members to put the posters at homes of victims in Tampa, Seattle and Phoenix as a “show of force,” prosecutors said. He mailed posters to several victims in late January 2020, including one to an ADL official that featured a Grim Reaper-like figure holding a Molotov cocktail.
“Our patience has its limits,” the ominous poster read. “You have been visited by your local Nazis.”
Shea, who had faced up to five years in prison, apologized in a letter Tuesday to Judge John C. Coughenour.
“I cannot put into words the guilt that I feel about this fear and pain that I caused,” Shea wrote the judge, adding that he was homeless and struggling with addiction at the time.
Two of Shea’s accomplices, Johnny Roman Garza, 21, of Queen Creek, Arizona, and Taylor Parker-Dipeppe, 21, of Spring Hill, Florida, have pleaded guilty. Garza, who attached on poster to the bedroom window of a Jewish journalist, was sentenced in December to 16 months in prison.
Parker-Dipeppe, who attempted to deliver a flier but left it at the wrong address, received no prison time. Prosecutors had sought 16 months, but a judge gave him time served, saying he had suffered by concealing his transgender identity from his co-conspirators and being severely abused by his father and stepfather.
“None of us have suffered the difficult situation this defendant has endured as a result of his gender identity confusion,” Coughenour said in March. “Enough’s enough.”
The other suspect accused of leading the campaign, Kaleb Cole, of Texas, has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial next month.
With Post Wires