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Wisconsin man sentenced three years for threatening Jewish Community Center

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Posted at 3:12 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 16:12:49-05

A man was sentenced for sending threatening letters to the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay.

Chadwick Grubbs, 33, sent threats to the Jewish Community Center on three occasions in May 2018. In the letters, Grubbs threatened to use firearms to cause "maximum carnage" and explosives to destroy the center. He also used numbers and symbols associated with white supremacist ideology.

He was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for his actions.

“Mr. Grubbs’ anti-Semitic actions have no place in our society today and the Department of Justice will continue to prosecute anyone who threatens to harm a community because of their faith," Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband said.

Grubbs pleaded guilty to two counts of mailing threatening communications and one count of threatening to injure and destroy property by fire and an explosive in November.

“Mr. Grubbs’ anti-Semitic actions have no place in our society today and the Department of Justice will continue to prosecute anyone who threatens to harm a community because of their faith." — Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband

“The Department of Justice’s commitment to civil rights includes protecting faith communities from threats of violence,” said United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin. “This prosecution should send a clear message that hate crimes like Mr. Grubbs' vile threats will not be tolerated.”