Racist Sentenced to 3-Year Term for Vandalism

Associated Press

A 25-year-old man who published a white supremacist Internet newsletter was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for threatening a Jewish congressman and other officials and vandalizing two synagogues.

Alex James Curtis pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to violate civil rights as part of an agreement with prosecutors. He also agreed to apologize to his victims.

Curtis, who published the monthly National Observer newsletter from his parents' home in the San Diego suburb of Lemon Grove until his arrest in November, apologized in April to four victims, including U.S. Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego).

In 1997, Curtis and an accomplice twice defaced the windows of Filner's office with stickers depicting Nazi swastikas that included phrases such as "Hitler was Right," according to a federal indictment.

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