Houghton man convicted for painting Neo-Nazi symbols on Hancock Synagogue

HANCOCK, Mich. (WJMN) – A Houghton man has been convicted by a federal jury for conspiring with others and defacing Temple Jacob a synagogue in Hancock with symbols associated with The Base, a white supremacist group.

Nathan Weeden was convicted on two counts related to the crime.

“Today’s swift conviction sends a strong message that hate will not be tolerated in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” said U.S. Attorney Mark Totten, who was in Marquette for the trial. “No one should be the target of hate because of their race, ethnicity, religion, or any other status. When hateful words become hateful acts, my office will use every tool we have to protect the public and secure justice.”

Houghton man faces charges, accused of defacing synagogue with Neo-Nazi symbols

“This defendant shamelessly desecrated Temple Jacob when he emblazoned swastikas — a symbol of extermination — on their Temple walls,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Such conduct is unacceptable and criminal under any circumstances but doing so in furtherance of a self-described ‘Operation Kristallnacht’ conspiracy is beyond disgraceful. Antisemitism has no place in our society, and the Justice Department will aggressively prosecute white supremacists who seek to threaten and intimidate others from exercising their federally and constitutionally protected rights.”

“People of all faiths deserve to feel safe in their communities,” said Cheyvoryea Gibson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners will continue to hold those accountable whose hate-filled aggression violates the civil rights of others. For law enforcement to safeguard against hate and violence, we request the public’s assistance in reporting suspicious or threatening behavior by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or submitting a tip online at www.tips.fbi.gov.”

A date for sentencing has not been announced.

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