Ex-journalist gets 5 years in prison in Jewish threats case
Dec. 20, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — A former journalist who admitted cyber stalking an ex-girlfriend and terrorizing Jewish groups with bomb threats has been sentenced in New York to five years in prison.
Juan Thompson was sentenced Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.
Judge P. Kevin Castel calls Thompson's crimes domestic terrorism. He sentenced Thompson, of St. Louis, to a year longer than the federal sentencing guidelines recommended. He cited the eloquence of a victim statement delivered by Thompson's ex-girlfriend, Francesca Rossi.
Rossi says Thompson began abusing her during their relationship and intensified the terror delivered largely through social media and electronic communications after they broke up.
Thompson pleaded guilty in June to cyber stalking and making fake bomb threats to a dozen Jewish community centers and day schools.