NJ man gets prison term for email threats

AP News
Posted: Apr 18, 2011 7:47 PM
NJ man gets prison term for email threats

A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 50 months in prison and three years' supervised release for sending threatening emails to the employees of five Latino civil rights organizations.

At sentencing Monday in Trenton, 61-year-old Vincent Johnson of Brick also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

Johnson pleaded guilty in October to multiple counts of interfering with the exercise of civil rights and transmitting threats in interstate commerce.

Federal prosecutors say Johnson used the Internet pseudonym "Devilfish" to send threats of violence intended to intimidate the recipients. The groups included the Latino Justice Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, National Council of La Raza, League of United Latin American Citizens, and the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders.