Indiana Temple Vandal Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Garbage shed spray painted by vandals on the grounds of the Shaarey Tefilla in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Ind. (Justin Mack/The Indianapolis Star via AP, File)

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti and lighting fires outside a Conservative Jewish temple in suburban Indianapolis.

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says 21-year-old Nolan Brewer of Eminence was sentenced Monday evening for conspiring to violate the civil rights of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla. Minkler announced Tuesday that Brewer pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime.

Nazi flags and iron crosses were found spray-painted July 28 on a brick shed outside the temple in Carmel, just north of Indianapolis. Several areas of the grass and ground around the shed were also scorched, leaving burn residue on part of the shed. Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard condemned the vandalism, and Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb cited the incident in asking the Legislature to pass a hate-crimes bill.

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