California Man Sentenced for Threatening Jews and Asian Americans

By Hamodia Staff

Andre Morrow Lackner, 35, of Northridge in the San Fernando Valley, was sentenced by United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer to 43 months in federal prison for threatening a Jewish victim as well as Asian-Americans.

From June 2021 to October 2022, Lackner sent a series of abusive text messages to the Jewish 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.”

He 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.”

Lackner has been in federal custody since December, 2022, and pleaded guilty on January 29, 2024 to one count of stalking.

The FBI investigated the matter, and Assistant United States Attorney Amanda B. Elbogen of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section prosecuted the case.

“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.”

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