Federal prosecutors said a leader of a neo-Nazi group pleaded guilty Wednesday to a hate crime and made another charge in a campaign to bully and harass journalists and advocates, federal prosecutors said.
Cameron Shea, officials said, was one of four people targeted at at-risk Jews and people of color, and helped lead the effort launched in 2019.
As part of the plot, one of the four pasted a poster from the bedroom window of the Arizona editor of a Jewish publication. The poster had the editor’s name and address on it and wrote, “Your actions have consequences. Our patience has its limits” and “You have been visited by your local Nazis.”
There were various slogans in the posters. In the online chat, Shia helped organize what he hoped would be a nationwide effort.
He said that he wanted a “demonstration of force, showing that we are capable according to a major agreement”.
He matched the posters threatening two people with the Anti-Defamation League and a news reporter who had done stories about the neo-Nazi group.
A public defender listed as representing Shia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Shea pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of interfering with a union’s protected activity due to religion, which is a hate crime, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington said in a statement.
He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years on a hate crime charge and five for conspiracy. Sentencing is scheduled for sentencing for June.
He is the third convict out of four. Caleb Cole, who is allegedly the leader of the Washington State Atmwafen cell, has pleaded not guilty and the trial is scheduled for September. Authorities seizing Cole’s guns under a “red flag” law said he appeared preparing for a “race war”.
Two others in Arizona and Florida, and who were not organizers, have abandoned their previous views and relationship with the group.
The Atomwaffen Division was added to the list of Canadian terrorist groups in February, which included weapons training in violence and “hate camps”.