A man in Florida who identifies himself as “Antifa hunter” is now sentenced to three years in prison. On Monday, he made racially motivated threats along with cyberstalking. It was in the wake of the Right rally in Charlottesville, the 2017 United, in Virginia. The pleaded guilty, 32-year old, Daniel McMahon, 32, pleaded guilty in April for federal charges of racially motivated threats and cyberstalking to interfere with an election. The statement was by the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia on Monday.
US Attorney Thomas Cullen said,
“This defendant weaponized social media to threaten and intimidate his perceived political enemies and propagate a violent white-supremacist ideology.”
Thomas also added, “Because his online activity crossed the boundary between protected First Amendment expression and unlawful threats and harassment, he will spend considerable time in federal prison.” But, when contacted by CNN, McMahon’s attorney refused to comment on Monday. Just a year ago, McMahon was arrested after making statements through social media accounts for threatening Don Gathers.
Don Gathers is a Black community activist in Charlottesville. Don has chaired the city commission, and he recommended the removal of Confederate monuments in 2016. The prosecution’s sentencing memorandum says McMahon was arrested for posting threats on social media network Gab. In the post, he referred, Don Gathers as a terrorist, and he is a racial slur.
McMahon wrote a post like, “I will do everything in my power to stop him from getting elected for his attack on my people,” “& I do mean everything.”
As said by Prosecutors, McMahon is linking to a video, and it is from the 2017 Charlottesville rally. In the video, Gathers seen “swinging a stick,” and he was part of a California-based White supremacist group and during a “melee instigated by the Rise Above Movement.” Meantime there was one more post by McMahon in support of”a diversity of tactics.”Through the post, he intended to spread a message on keeping Gathers from the city council seat.
McMahon posted on Gab that, “His candidacy (for a city council seat in Charlottesville) is a threat to national security and every White man on Earth,” “I am not (expletive) around. He must not be allowed to get elected.” On January 8, 2019, Gather was informed by the FBI, and he was made aware of the threats, as mentioned in the prosecution’s sentencing. The same day, Gather was dropped out of the election race.
On Tuesday Gathers told CNN, “It brings some bit of sanity back to life,” he was asked regarding McMahon’s sentence. He also added, “I can’t even say (it brings) closure, because the door is still ajar.” “You hope that it’s over, but as long as there are people out there with that mindset, it will continue,” “How did we get to a point where an individual some 800 miles away from here wants to inject himself into a city council campaign?”
Apart from threatening Gathers, McMahon also pleaded guilty for cyber-stalking in more cases. He was cyber-stalking an unidentified woman, and he was threatening her autistic daughter severely. He believed that the woman who was actively countering the White nationalist’s protests is a member of Antifa. That is the reason he attempted to extort that woman for information revealed on another suspected member of Antifa, and this is as the prosecution’s sentencing memo says.
McMahon even reached out to the same woman and was listed in court records. She was named “Victim 2,” and over the Facebook Messenger, he asked her “to identify the picture of other women.” When she refused, McMahon replied by listing sexual acts he is whishing perform on her minor daughter. McMahon wrote, “Oh, did I strike a nerve?” and a woman or Victim 2 later addressed him as a “monster.”
McMahon continued, “Maybe you should have put your daughter before your Antifa terrorism?” McMahon always identified himself on social media as an “Antifa hunter.” He even mocked her child’s self-soothing behavior and threatened to post photos of her to Gab, according to court records. McMahon wrote, “I have no reason to show you any mercy,” “Your wrist flapping daughter is fair game.”
Now, McMahon has been sentenced to forty-one months in prison as per the verdict from the court of law. The sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. In the supervised release, he will be barred for using internet-capable devices. So, without court approval, he will not be able to use internet-capable devices, and the US Attorney’s Office stated this. His attorneys requested a term of eighteen months in part. The reason behind it was, they said, “He has an untreated mental health diagnosis and ‘significant’ alcohol addiction.” However, it was not granted by the jury.
Daniel McMahon is 32 years old, guilty for federal charges for racial motivation and cyberstalking. His cyberstalking was interfering with an election where “He weaponized social media to threaten and intimidate his perceived political enemies and propagate a violent white-supremacist ideology.” McMahon is also pleaded guilty for one more threat on social media, where he threatened an unidentified woman. The cyber-stalking case was about threatening a woman’s autistic daughter severely.
In the woman cyber-stalking case, McMahon believed that woman is behind White nationalist’s protests belongs to Antifa. For the same reason, McMahon attempted to extort her since she revealed information on a member of Antifa. He finally reached out to the woman, and now she is listed out as Victim2 in the court records. Later he even asked her to identify another woman by sending a photo of her.
“Oh, did I strike a nerve?” “Maybe you should have put your daughter before your Antifa terrorism?” And a woman or Victim 2 later addressed him as a “monster.”McMahon wrote the message in the caption, and he threatened her. The woman replied with a caption, “Monster,” referring McMahon. Now, Antifa hunter, McMahon, is sentenced for forty-one months of prison. He sentenced for racially motivating threats and his cyber-stalking and using social media for threatening others.