Gun charge yields year in prison for Virginia man with neo-Nazi ties
Posted: 12:27 PM, Feb 28, 2020
The Associated Press
(Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
FILE - This file photo provided by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office, in Virginia, shows Andrew Thomasberg. Prosecutors are seeking an 18-month sentence for Thomasberg, an alleged neo-Nazi from northern Virginia, who pleaded guilty in 2019 to weapons violations.<br/><br/>
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A northern Virginia man with ties to a violent neo-Nazi group has been sentenced to a year in prison for weapons violations.
Twenty-one-year-old Andrew Jon Thomasberg of McLean admitted as part of a plea bargain in federal court in Alexandria that he bought a semiautomatic rifle for another person and that he possessed weapons while abusing psychedelic drugs.
Prosecutors say Thomasberg was a leader and recruiter for a Virginia-based cell of a neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division.
At a sentencing hearing Friday, Thomasberg apologized and said he's renouncing his racist ideology.
Prosecutors had sought an 18-month sentence.
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