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Neo-Nazi sentenced to 44 months for death threats against Brooklyn journalist

A race-baiting neo-Nazi was sentenced on Friday to 44 months in federal prison for posting graphic death threats online against a Brooklyn journalist who wrote about his violent extremist hate group.

Nicholas Welker’s social media post included a picture of the reporter with a gun aimed at his head and the words “Race Traitor” over the journalist’s eyes.

The threat, which listed the journalist and his employer by name, stated JOURNALIST F[***] OFF!  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED,” and was tweeted by two underage Welker followers who tagged the reporter in their posts.

Welker posted the image in both public and private groups in an online messaging app. A few days later, the two underage followers posted the image on Twitter, tagging the journalist to make sure he would see them.

Welker, 33, pleaded guilty last year. He faced up to five years in prison.

He had intended to frighten the journalist into dropping his reporting on Welker’s hate group, federal prosecutors said in a statement.

“Welker tried to silence a journalist from reporting on his white supremacist group so that his fellow extremists could continue to commit violence against racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, and the LGBTQ+ community,” Breon Peace, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District said in a statement.

“There were real victims of this crime—the journalist and his news media organization,” he added. “Today’s sentence demonstrates that we will stand up for them and other journalists who bravely report on these violent hate groups.”

In August 2021, Welker allegedly instructed one of the underage members of the group to photoshop a threatening graphic featuring the journalist.

The journalist and news organization were not named in court filings.

Welker, who also goes by “King of Wrath” and “ilovehate5150,” was the leader of the Feuerkrieg Division – a White supremacist group.

Prosecutors said the group has a goal of “challenging laws, social order, and the government via terrorism and other violent acts” and “encourages attacks on racial minorities, the Jewish community, the LGBTQ+ community, the U.S. Government, journalists, and critical infrastructure.”

Officials said the group’s ideology is inspired by that of the larger Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi terrorist group, and its members have been arrested in connection with planned attacks on synagogues and a CNN office.

“Freedom of both speech and the press are integral to our nation, and we will not allow it to be restricted through violence or intimidation,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael J. Driscoll said after Welker’s arrest.

“Today’s action serves as a reminder to anyone willing to attack these rights — the FBI will do everything in our power to fulfill our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.”

Welker was arrested in California on federal charges in March 2023.


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