Ex-leader of neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Division sentenced for swatting

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A former leader of a neo-Nazi group was sentenced Tuesday to more than three years in prison for his role in a "swatting" scheme that targeted journalists, a Virginia university and others.
May 4 (UPI) -- A former leader of a neo-Nazi group was sentenced Tuesday to more than three years in prison for his role in a "swatting" scheme that targeted journalists who reported on his organization as well as a Virginia university, a historic African American church and others.

John Cameron Denton, 27, of Montgomery, Texas, was a leader of his state's Atomwaffen Division, which the Anti-Defamation League describes as a group whose members, some of who have been linked to murder cases and alleged plots to attack civilians, are preparing for a race war.

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He was sentenced on Tuesday to 41 months imprisonment for his role in the conspiracy that conducted at least 134 swatting attacks across the United States between October 2018 to February 2019, the Justice Department said in a statement, which described swatting as a harassment tactic where the perpetrator convinces an emergency dispatcher to send police to a third party's address under the pretense that someone is in imminent danger of death or bodily harm.

Prosecutors said Denton along with other conspirators chose their swatting targets based on "racial animus."

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