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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Making Multiple Threats to Injure and Kill Hispanics

MIAMI - Eric Lin, 35, of Clarksburg, Maryland, pled guilty today in South Florida to a felony charging him with knowingly and intentionally transmitting a threatening communication in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(c).  Lin made repeated on-line threatening communications that targeted Hispanics.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Miami Field Office made the announcement.  

According to the facts admitted at the change of plea hearing, between May 30, 2019, and August 14, 2019, Eric Lin made multiple threatening communications via Facebook to injure and kill a South Florida resident and to kill all Hispanics in Miami and other places.   Among the threatening communications that Lin admitted to making included:  “I’m coming to Rape and kill you” and “I will stop at Nothing until you, your family, your friends,, your entire WORTHLESS LATIN RACE IS RACIALLY EXTERMINATED!”  Lin also admitted that in his messages he discussed mass shootings of Hispanics and the idolization of Adolf Hitler. 

Lin pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno (Case No. 19cr20551). Lin faces a maximum statutory term of five years in prison and three years of supervised release, when he is sentenced by Judge Moreno on March 30, 2020 at 9:45 a.m. 

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and the City of Miami Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria K. Medetis.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated January 14, 2020