A federal judge refused to sentence a former member of a neo-Nazi group who threatened journalists with jail time, on the grounds that the man, who is a transgender, had his family and high school bullies Had suffered enough abuse at the hands of.
21-year-old Tyler Parker-Dipppe of Spring Hill, Florida, was charged last year with three other members of the Atomwaffen Division, a national white supremacist group, for threatening mail and conspiring to commit a cyber crime.
The four were accused of giving up or leaving swastika posters that wrote: “You’ve gone to meet your local Nazis” or “We’re watching … We know where you live. Florida, Arizona And don’t f *** with us at the Washington State journalists’ house.
According to prosecutors, Parker-Dippe was a “low-level” party to the plot, which included framing a campaign to threaten journalists in retaliation for the organization’s negative media coverage.
Parker-Dippe was with only one car, and along with another member of Florida hung a poster in a house in St. Petersburg, where he believed a news reporter lived. It came out of the wrong house, that of a black woman, who was living with her father and her child The Associated Press.
On the same day, Atomwaffen members sent or distributed posters to the homes of journalists or activists in Arizona and Washington State.
The alleged co-conspirator of 20-year-old Parker-Dippe of Arizona, Johnny Roman Garza, was previously sentenced to 16 months in prison. Another alleged co-conspirator, Caleb Cole, a former Seattle resident who now lives in Texas, will face trial in September, while a third from Washington State, Cameron Shea, is expected to plead guilty this week. The prosecution claims that Cole and Shea were masterminds of a conspiracy to intimidate and bully journalists.
Last September, Parker-Dippe pleaded guilty to the charges against him. Assistant US Attorney Thomas Woods wrote in a homogeneous memorandum seeking a sentence of 16 months in prison, saying Parker-Dieppe “created terror in his victims and a widespread contribution of fear and distraction, which many groups in this country Seems to be. “
But Parker-Dieppe’s lawyer, Peter Mazzon, argued that the jail would be traumatic for his client, who suffered abuse at the hands of an unacceptable father, an alcoholic stepfather, and school soldiers, who gave him his non-gender – Troubled for proportionality.
Majone argued in his own sentencing memorandum that, for example, Parker-Dippe knew he was a boy from the age of 5, but that his father had bought “boy clothes” for him.
As a teenager, her high school failed to protect her from bullying, which became so bad that Parker-Dipppe sued the school district, which was forced to settle for $ 50,000, Majone said. Later, when she moved to Florida with her mother and her new husband, her stepfather came home drunk and beat her up, shattering her front tooth and hitting her head against the driveway.
It was that abuse and harassment that led Parker-Dippe to seek approval from a group of about 10 boys, ages 15 to 16, who were members of the Florida Atomvafen Cell, Mazzone said.
Mazon said Parker-Dipppe acknowledged her involvement with her mother in Atomwaffen after the St. Petersburg incident, fearing that the group would find out she was transgender and retaliated against him. Upon her encouragement, she told Xi about her gender identity and was forced out of Atmwafen. Parker-Dippe says he still fears retaliation.
Mazzone also claimed that, after spending a month in custody before releasing the pending trial, Parker-Dipppe changed his life, progressed into medicine, secured a job and married a supportive woman.
Last week, during a virtual court hearing, U.S. District Judge John Coghenor of the Western District of Washington agreed with Majone’s assessment, sentencing Parker-Dipppe to 21 years in prison after being sentenced to time.
Kafnour said that when he understood the fear and pain of the reporters who targeted Parker-Dipppe, he felt that Parker-Dipppe had suffered a lot.
“None of us have faced the difficult situation this defendant has endured as a result of his gender identity confusion …”. Enough, ”he said in passing the decision.
Chris Ingalls, a journalist for King-TV of Seattle, who reported on Atomwaffen and received a poster, told the AP that even though Parker-Dipppe was allegedly a low-level player in the plan, he did Aroused fear in Ingalls’ family. And other victims. However, Ingalls said, he is “satisfied” with how the case was handled and takes Parker-Dupppe into his word “that he is truly remorseful.”