Cameron Shea pleads guilty to hate crime

Cameron Shea pleads guilty to hate crime

Leader of Neo-Nazi group ‘Atomwaffen’, Cameron Shea pleads guilty to hate crime and conspiracy charges for threatening journalists and advocates

Seattle (STL.News) Cameron Shea, 25, a leader of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, pled guilty earlier today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to federal conspiracy and hate crime charges for threatening journalists and advocates who worked to expose anti-Semitism, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman.

Shea pled guilty to one count of conspiring to commit three offenses against the United States: interference with federally-protected activities because of religion, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 245; mailing threatening communications, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 876; and cyberstalking, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2261A.  He also pled guilty to one count of interfering with a federally protected activity because of religion, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 245.

Shea and three co-defendants were charged with conspiring via an encrypted online chat group to identify journalists and advocates they wanted to threaten in retaliation for the victims’ work exposing anti-Semitism.  The group focused primarily on those who are Jewish or journalists of color. 

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