Thursday, April 15, 2010

Neo-Nazi Roanoke Landlord is handed 2.5 years for threats


The sentence is on the upper end of federal guidelines, though Bill White gets some credit for time served.
Bill White was accompanied by defense attorneys Ray Ferris and David Damico at Wednesday's sentencing hearing.
Robert Lunsford | The Roanoke Times
Bill White was accompanied by defense attorneys Ray Ferris and David Damico at Wednesday's sentencing hearing.
U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy (second from right) answers questions during a news conference Wednesday afternoon after Bill White's sentencing in Roanoke. He was joined (from left) by Kevin Faust of the FBI, prosecutor Cindy Chung, Assistant U.S. Attorney Pat Hogeboom and prosecutor John Richmond.
JARED SOARES The Roanoke Times
U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy (second from right) answers questions during a news conference Wednesday afternoon after Bill White's sentencing in Roanoke. He was joined (from left) by Kevin Faust of the FBI, prosecutor Cindy Chung, Assistant U.S. Attorney Pat Hogeboom and prosecutor John Richmond.
Once called America's loudest and most obnoxious neo-Nazi leader, William A. White was silenced -- at least for now -- by a 2½-year prison sentence Wednesday.
"I personally don't have anything to say," White said when asked by Judge James Turk if he had any remarks before hearing his punishment for using the Internet, e-mail and the telephone to threaten strangers who didn't share his racist views.
It was an uncharacteristic finale for a prolific and venomous commentator who once bragged that millions read him on overthrow.com, the now-defunct Web site that was the mouthpiece of his Roanoke-based white supremacy organization.
The prison term locks away White, 32, for a period at the upper end of federal sentencing guidelines. Turk said he rarely imposes such a term but said he did so because of the fear White instilled in many of his victims.
Turk told White that when he gets out of prison, "You can have any thoughts that you want to have, but you ought to keep them to yourself. ... I hope this will teach you a lesson, I really do."
An expert on hate groups said White's downfall marks the end of the American National Socialist Workers Party, the group he formed after moving to Roanoke in 2004 to become a landlord in the predominantly black West End neighborhood.

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