A leader of a neo-Nazi group pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a hate crime and another charge as part of a campaign to threaten and harass journalists and lawyers, federal prosecutors said.
Cameron Shea, 25, was among four people charged with threats against Jews and people of color, and he helped lead the effort that began in 2019, officials said.
As part of the plot, one of the four stuck a poster on the bedroom window of an Arizona editor of a Jewish publication. The poster bore the name and address of the editor and read: “Your actions have consequences. Our patience has its limits” and “You have been visited by your local Nazis.”
The posters had various slogans. In the online discussions, Shea helped organize what he hoped was a national effort.
He said he wanted a “show of force, demonstrating that we are capable of massive coordination,” according to a plea deal.
He also sent the threatening posters to two people from the Anti-Defamation League and a journalist who had published articles on the neo-Nazi group.
A public defender listed as representing Shea did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Shea has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of interfering with federally protected activity on the basis of religion, which is a hate crime, the US district attorney’s office said. western Washington in a statement.
He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years for hate crime and five years for conspiracy. Sentencing is scheduled for June.
He is the third of the four to plead guilty. Kaleb Cole, allegedly the head of the Washington state Atomwaffen cell, has pleaded not guilty and a trial is scheduled for September. Authorities who seized Cole’s guns under a “red flag” law said he appeared to be preparing for a “race war.”
The other two, in Arizona and Florida, who were not the organizers, have given up on their past views and association with the group.
The Atomwaffen Division was added to Canada’s list of terrorist groups in February, citing calls for violence and “hate camps” that involve weapons training.