Via press release from the Justice Department:
A Washington man was sentenced today to 84 months, or seven years, in prison for his role in a plot to threaten and intimidate journalists and advocates who worked to expose anti-Semitism.
Kaleb Cole, 25, a leader of the Neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, was convicted by a federal jury in the Western District of Washington of one count of interfering with a federally protected activity because of religion, three counts of mailing threatening communications, and one count of conspiring with other Atomwaffen members to commit three offenses against the United States – interference with federally-protected activities because of religion, mailing threatening communications, and cyberstalking.
Evidence introduced at trial showed that Cole and other members of Atomwaffen plotted to intimidate journalists and others by mailing threatening posters or gluing the posters to victims’ homes.
The group focused primarily on those who are Jewish or journalists of color. Cole created the posters, which warned the recipients that “you have been visited by your local Nazis.”
The posters contained threatening images, such as a hooded figure preparing to throw a Molotov cocktail at a house. The threatening posters were delivered to homes in late January 2020.
At trial, the victims described how receiving the posters impacted them. Some moved from their homes for a time or installed security systems.
One purchased a firearm and took a firearms safety class. Another started opening her mailbox with a stick due to fear of what might be inside. One left her job as a journalist.
Three other co-conspirators – Cameron Shea, Johnny Roman Garza, and Taylor Ashley Parker-Dipeppe – previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced.
Seven years in prison: Leader of Neo-Nazi Group Sentenced for Plot to Target Journalists and Advocates | OPA | Department of Justice https://t.co/SoSgbpBqO8
— Frank Figliuzzi (@FrankFigliuzzi1) January 12, 2022
ADL statement on sentencing of Kaleb Cole who targeted ADL staff, journalists, and advocates. pic.twitter.com/jcBS2cU5nA
— ADL Pacific Northwest (@ADLPNW) January 11, 2022
“Kaleb Cole helped lead a violent, nationwide neo-Nazi group. He repeatedly promoted violence, stockpiled weapons, and organized ‘hate camps,’” said U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. https://t.co/OS0dP8rCyU
— KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle) January 11, 2022
Kaleb Cole sentenced to 7 yrs in federal prison today for his threats against Jewish people and journalists (including me). @NSwabyKing5 reports the neo-Nazi’s case on @KING5Seattle tonight. pic.twitter.com/F6DKsEF1sI
— Chris Ingalls (@CJIngalls) January 11, 2022