Ex-Journalist to Get Resentenced in Jewish Threats Case

NEW YORK (AP) -
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Juan Thompson (Warren County Sheriff’s Department/AP, File)

A former journalist from St. Louis who terrorized a former friend and made bomb threats in her name to Jewish groups must be resentenced.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan cited a legal flaw Wednesday in ordering Juan Thompson’s resentencing.

It’s unclear what effect, if any, the resentencing will have on his prison term. He is serving a five-year sentence.

Thompson was sentenced in December 2017 after pleading guilty to cyberstalking and making fake bomb threats to a dozen Jewish community centers, schools or other facilities nationwide.

His hoaxes in early 2017 came as about 150 threats were being made against Jewish facilities. Most were blamed on an Israeli-American Jewish hacker.

A New York social worker was a victim of Thompson’s cybercampaign.