Ex-Chicago journalist gets 5 years for bomb threats to Jewish groups

AP/ NEW YORK — A former Chicago journalist who admitted cyber -talking an ex-girlfriend and terrorizing Jewish groups with bomb threats has been sentenced in New York to five years in prison.

Juan Thompson, who’d been charged in early March in connection with at least eight threats against Jewish institutions in the United States and a bomb threat to New York’s Anti-Defamation League. was sentenced Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

(Warren County Sheriff’s Department via AP, File)

Calling Thompson’s crimes domestic terrorism, Judge P. Kevin Castel sentenced the St. Louis man to a year longer than the federal sentencing guidelines recommended. He cited the eloquence of a victim statement delivered by Thompson’s ex-girlfriend, Francesca Rossi.

Rossi said Thompson began abusing her during their relationship and intensified the terror delivered largely through social media and electronic communications after they broke up.

Thompson pleaded guilty in June to cyber-stalking and making fake bomb threats to a dozen Jewish community centers and day schools.

Thompson was an intern for WBEZ-FM for four months in 2014, though the Chicago public radio station previously described his duties as “minimal.” He also was an intern for DNAinfo Chicago.

5 Comments on Ex-Chicago journalist gets 5 years for bomb threats to Jewish groups

  1. This story had WALL TO WALL coverage on NY “news” radio complete with lots of daily “…in this current climate of Trump yady yady yada” until a funny thing happened: they caught the guy. Three seconds later the story was never heard from again.

  2. To live under and with a Government that does not even negotiate with Terrorists, and have this Clown get 5 years is a travesty and a horrible precedent is ” Set ” !


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