Zachary Chesser, the man who told South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker they would “wind up like Theo Van Gogh,” the Dutch filmmaker who was murdered by radical Islamists, was just sentenced to 25 years in Federal prison yesterday. Chesser’s sentence includes time for attempting to join Al-Queda, as well as his threats against Parker and Stone.
“Zachary Chesser will spend 25 years in prison for advocating the murder of U.S. citizens for engaging in free speech about his religion,” U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said yesterday. “His actions caused people throughout the country to fear speaking out–even in jest–to avoid being labeled as enemies who deserved to be killed.”
Chesser made his threats to Parker and Stone online, after the pair depicted the prophet Mohammed wearing a bear costume in an episode of South Park. U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady told Chesser at the sentencing, “It’s amazing how quickly you became a danger. If anyone had been harmed, we’d be talking about a life sentence.”
Chesser is only 21-years-old.
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