A man from West Virginia was arrested on Thursday on charges that he threatened trial participants and witnesses in the case of a man found guilty in a Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
According to a press statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia, Hardy Carroll Lloyd, 45, of Follansbee, is accused with witness tampering, sending threats in interstate and international commerce, and obstruction of justice.
“Jury trials are a hallmark of the American justice system and attempts to intimidate witnesses or jurors will be met with a strong response,” U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said in the news release. “The use of hateful threats in an effort to undermine a trial is especially troubling.”
A self-described “reverend” of white supremacy, Lloyd is charged with sending threatening emails, comments on websites, and social media posts to the jury and witnesses during Robert Bowers’ trial for the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
According to the news release, prosecutors claim that Lloyd planted or gave orders for others to place sticks pointing to a website with his threats and anti-Semitic remarks in Pittsburgh’s predominantly Jewish neighborhoods.
Lloyd could spend up to 10 years in prison for obstruction, up to 5 years for making threats, and up to 20 years for tampering.
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