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Man who served time for Eugene synagogue attack arrested

January 21, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who served prison time for a 2002 racially-motivated attack on Eugene’s largest synagogue has been arrested.

The Oregonian reports that jail records show 37-year-old Jacob Albert Laskey was booked into Lane County Jail early Saturday. He was arrested on investigation of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and criminal trespassing.

A county sheriff’s office spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a call Sunday seeking details about Saturday’s arrest.

Laskey was sentenced in 2007 to more than 11 years in federal prison for his role in the attack at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene. Federal prosecutors said he and others threw swastika-etched rocks, breaking glass windows while members were attending a religious service inside.

Laskey was released in 2015.

It was not immediately clear whether he has a lawyer. An email sent to his lawyer in the federal case was not immediately returned Sunday.

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