Chris Cantwell, a white-supremacist podcaster who was dubbed “Crying Nazi” following the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, was found guilty of extortion and threats Monday in a New Hampshire court after threatening to rape the wife of rival white supremacist.
The conviction stems from an online feud between Cantwell and another group of white supremacists that devolved to Cantwell sending messages on the Telegram app saying he would rape the wife of Benjamin Lambert, aka “CheddarMane,” unless Lambert identified rival neo-Nazi Andrew Casarez, aka “Vic Mackey.”
Cantwell, 39, now faces up to 22 years in prison, according to The Informant. He is also expected to face a civil trial for his role in the 2017 Charlottesville rally which was marked by clashes between white supremacists and counter protesters and led to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer after a group of counter-protesters were run over by a driver. After originally saying her death was justified in a Vice News documentary, Cantwell later posted a YouTube video tearily describing how he was wanted by police in connection with the rally.
More than two dozen have been named in a federal lawsuit filed by the non-profit organization Integrity First for America.
“Today marks an important step toward accountability for Cantwell’s long history of violence and bigotry,” IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick said in a media statement, according to Huff Post.
“It’s particularly powerful that this verdict was handed down on Yom Kippur ― the Jewish day of atonement ― against a neo-Nazi defendant who has made antisemitism central to his violence.”
Found guilty for extortion for threatening to dox someone and report them to family services. Also guilty for threats for saying he would rape another man's wife (obviously a sick joke, no something serious.). Chris ran an alt-right radio show and the guy he "threatened" would troll his show and make prank calls causing the threats. This was a political prosecution through and through imo. He is now looking at 22 years in federal prison. The FBI had been watching him for months and most likely years (They had a camera outside his residence). I think Chris is an obnoxious, idiot but he is a political prisoner imo.