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Northridge Man Sentenced to More Than 3½ Years in Federal Prison for Campaign in Which He Threatened Violence Against Jewish and Asian Americans

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California

LOS ANGELES – A San Fernando Valley man, who has admitted to engaging in a 14-month campaign in which he threatened a Jewish victim with violent and antisemitic rhetoric and threatened to “exterminate” Jewish people and Asian Americans, was sentenced today to 43 months in federal prison.

Andre Morrow Lackner, 35, of Northridge, was sentenced by United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer.

Lackner pleaded guilty on January 29 to one count of stalking. He has been in federal custody since December 2022.

“Hate and intolerance, including antisemitism, is both wrong and anti-American,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “Our nation is one of inclusion, not exclusion, and through this case we send a strong message that we will not tolerate attempts to divide us.”

“The defendant admitted to stalking victims based on either their religion or their race by making vile threats for more than a year,” said Krysti Hawkins, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office. “Today's sentence is evidence that there is zero tolerance for criminal activity rooted in hatred, and of the FBI's commitment to holding accountable those who seek to threaten or harm innocent victims.”

From June 2021 to October 2022, Lackner sent a series of abusive text messages to the victim. In these messages, Lackner directed a series of antisemitic remarks to the victim, including, “Hitler was right about you people,” “I want to see every single Jew exterminated from this earth,” “Would you like to celebrate the next synagogue shooting?” and “I will make sure I kill a Jew before I leave this Earth.”

Lackner also texted the victim multiple racist statements against Asian Americans, including “We need to start more Asian hate and “wipe [Asian people] off the planet too.”

The text messages Lackner sent the victim placed her in reasonable fear of death and serious bodily injury to herself or one of her immediate family members.

The FBI investigated this matter.

Assistant United States Attorney Amanda B. Elbogen of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section prosecuted this case.


Ciaran McEvoy
Public Information Officer
(213) 894-4465

Updated June 10, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-139