Grand Jury Indicts Alaska Man on Threats to Kill Synagogue Members

A federal grand jury in Alaska, returned an indictment charging William Alexander, 49, for threatening to kill the congregants of a California synagogue, the Justice Department announced today.

Count One charges Alexander with making threatening interstate communications, in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 875. Count Two charges Alexander with intentionally obstructing and attempting to obstruct persons in the enjoyment of their free exercise of religious beliefs through the threatened use of force, in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 247.

The indictment alleges that, on November 1, 2019, Alexander called the California synagogue and left a voice message threatening to “kill” its Jewish congregants.

If convicted, Alexander faces a maximum of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

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