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Date: 06-10-2024

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United States of America v. Andre Morrow Lackner

Case Number: 2:22-CR-603

Judge: Dale S. Fischer

Court: The United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United c Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles

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Northridge Man Sentenced to More Than 3½ Years in Federal Prison for Campaign in Which He Threatened Violence Against Jewish and Asian Americans

Andre Morrow Lackner, 35, of Northridge, admitted to engaging in a 14-month campaign in which he threatened a Jewish victim with violent and antisemitic rhetoric and threatened to “exterminate” Jewish people and Asian Americans.

“Hate and intolerance, including antisemitism, is both wrong and anti-American,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “Our nation is one of inclusion, not exclusion, and through this case we send a strong message that we will not tolerate attempts to divide us.”

“The defendant admitted to stalking victims based on either their religion or their race by making vile threats for more than a year,” said Krysti Hawkins, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office. “Today's sentence is evidence that there is zero tolerance for criminal activity rooted in hatred, and of the FBI's commitment to holding accountable those who seek to threaten or harm innocent victims.”

From June 2021 to October 2022, Lackner sent a series of abusive text messages to the victim. In these messages, Lackner directed a series of antisemitic remarks to the victim, including, “Hitler was right about you people,” “I want to see every single Jew exterminated from this earth,” “Would you like to celebrate the next synagogue shooting?” and “I will make sure I kill a Jew before I leave this Earth.”

Lackner also texted the victim multiple racist statements against Asian Americans, including “We need to start more Asian hate and “wipe [Asian people] off the planet too.”

The text messages Lackner sent the victim placed her in reasonable fear of death and serious bodily injury to herself or one of her immediate family members.

The FBI investigated this matter.

Assistant United States Attorney Amanda B. Elbogen of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section prosecuted this case.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 43 months in federal prison

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