CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced white supremacist from Virginia to 3½ years in prison for soliciting violence against the foreman of a jury on his extremist website.
U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sentenced William A. White to 42 months in prison. White was accused of posting the address, phone number and other personal details about a jury foreman in the 2004 trial of another white supremacist, Matthew Hale. The foreman's jury convicted Hale of soliciting the murder of a federal judge. He is serving a 40-year sentence.
"No doubt the experience was extremely frightening for the juror," said Adelman, of Milwaukee, who was assigned to preside over the case in Chicago.
Prosecutors had said White's threats against the juror had struck at the heart of the U.S. justice system.
White, of Roanoke, Va., is currently serving another 3 1/2-year sentence for threatening other victims and intimidating a witness in Virginia. He has about one month remaining of that sentence, which he will serve concurrently with his new sentence.
"This defendant has been prolific in making threats to people," Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Ferrara told Adelman on Wednesday.
Adelman originally dismissed White's indictment on one solicitation count in 2008, but a Chicago federal appeals court reinstated the charge in 2010. Jurors convicted him in January 2011. The judge overturned that guilty verdict but prosecutors appealed and the verdict was reinstated.