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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Friday, September 12, 2014

Neo-Nazi Convicted For Sending Gruesome Threats To Florida Officials And Their Families

Orlando, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces today that a federal jury has found William A. White (38, Roanoke, Virginia) guilty of five counts of sending interstate threats with intent to extort and one count of using personal information without lawful authority in furtherance of a crime of violence. White faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count. He was indicted on June 19, 2014. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to evidence presented during the trial, in May 2012, White, a self-professed neo-Nazi, sent a number of e-mail threats to Lawson Lamar, who was State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida at the time, Judge Walter Komanski, and a Federal Bureau of Investigation task force agent. These e-mails included threats to kidnap, rape, and kill the recipients’ family members, including children and grandchildren. The threats listed the home addresses of the officials, and specifically named some of Mr. Lamar's grandchildren as targets. Separate threats were also directed to Mr. Lamar's son, as well as to United States District Judge James C. Turk, who had presided over White's previous case in the Western District of Virginia.  

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu and James D. Mandolfo.

Updated January 26, 2015