Monday, May 17, 2010
Former ANSWP Activist Daniel Jones Pleads Guilty To Mailing Threatening Communications In Lima NAACP Noose Case
A former activist with the now-defunct American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP) has pleaded guilty to mailing threatening communications in the case of the noose mailed to the leader of the Lima, Ohio NAACP. Media sources include the Toledo Blade and PRNewswire.
Daniel Jones, who once headed up the ANSWP's Oregon operation, and who pioneered some innovative ways to disseminate the pro-White message to the community, pleaded guilty to using the Postal Service to mail threatening communications. Jones admitted with his plea that he had ties to the ANSWP and that he mailed a noose to Jason Upthegrove, president of the NAACP chapter in Lima, Ohio. Jones also sent "hate flyers" to some Lima residents. As part of the plea agreement, one count of interfering with civil rights will be dismissed. He remains out of custody pending his sentencing as a result of a unique release agreement imposing the following conditions:
-- Have no contact with members of the ANSWP
-- Do not access the Internet without prior approval
-- Do not publicly disseminate or post online any information about the victim in the case.
-- Home detention.
-- Allow pretrial services officials to conduct warrantless searches on Jones' home, computer, or person if there is reasonable suspicion that he violated conditions of his release.
While accepting these conditions kept him out of jail, they hindered Jones' ability to use the Internet to mobilize public support for him.
Judge David Katz, who has sentencing discretion, has not yet set a sentencing date. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Bauer said that based on Jones’ past and the offense to which he pleaded, Jones faces 12 to 18 months in prison. According to the DOJ press release, Jones could have received up to five years in prison and a potential fine of up to $250,000 had the case gone to trial and resulted in a conviction.
NAACP boss Jason Upthegrove attended the hearing and showed his own personal vindictiveness. He said afterward that he hopes the court sends a clear and convincing message that crimes of this nature won’t be tolerated. "I want a message to be sent, I want the message to be severe, and I want him to think and people who think like him to think that there are consequences for what they are doing," he said. So basically, he wants ZOG to stick it to Jones.
Upthegrove first attracted the attention of the ANSWP back in 2008 when he spoke out publicly after police officers knocked down the front door of a Lima, Ohio, home to arrest a drug suspect and shot to death Tarika Wilson, a 26-year-old Black woman, and wounded her 14-month-old son, Sincere. The suspect was Wilson's boyfriend, a suspected drug dealer who was later arrested and pleaded guilty to drug trafficking. Police Sgt. Joseph Chavalia, who shot Wilson, was acquitted of criminal charges in her death and has since returned to work, though he is no longer allowed to patrol the streets. However, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the city, and in January 2010, a settlement of $2.5 million was reached.