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Press Release

West Virginia Man Sentenced for Obstructing Tree of Life Trial

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A West Virginia man was sentenced to prison today for his attempt to intimidate and influence jurors and witnesses in the Pittsburgh Tree of Life trial.

Hardy Carroll Lloyd, 45, of Follansbee, was sentenced to 78 months in prison.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Lloyd threatened jurors and witnesses involved in the recent trial for the Tree of Life shooter, Robert Bowers. Throughout the proceedings, Lloyd made threatening social media posts and website comments, and sent intimidating emails. Lloyd, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, admitted that he engaged in this conduct because of the actual or perceived ties to the Jewish community of the witnesses and the victims of Bowers.

On September 19, 2023, Lloyd entered a guilty plea to obstruction of the due administration of justice.

United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld made the announcement.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph Bernard and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

Updated December 20, 2023