NoVA Man Gets 33 Months In Prison For Racist Threats
A man that wrote "it's not murder if they're black" in an online threat against black people at Howard U got 33 months in prison.
A man from Rose Hill was sentenced Friday to 33 months in prison for threatening to murder African-Americans at Howard University.
A federal judge in Alexandria ruled the offense a hate crime, which increased the sentence of John Edgar Rust, 27. He was also ordered to pay $6458.28 in restitution to Howard University for expenses as a result of the crime.
According to prosecutors, Rust posted the threats online the day after connecting to the internet at a Richmond Highway Panera on Nov. 11, 2015. The FBI received a tip about the post, which appeared on 4chan from Reddit user named "watchouthoward." An excerpt of the message reads:
Any n****** left at Howard University after 10 tomorrow will be the first to go. And any of those cheapskate n****** who try to get out using the metro will regret that choice real fast. Sure, the po po will take me down, but I'll go out a hero knowing I made the world better. I just hope at least someone else can see it too and continue the fight.
Rust visited a subreddit called "DeadN***Storage" the day before posting the treats and appeared to be interested in the racial tensions at the University of Missouri. A text message to a friend read, "I planned how to take out that anger years ago and I've been sitting on that plan ever since."
Authorities found disturbing items on his hard drive such as a list titled "22 Ways to Kill a Man With Your Bare Hands," documents detailing poisons and explosives, pages from the book "Kill or Get Killed," and an article about long range shooting of firearms.
The threats resulted in Howard University increasing security on campus but not closing the school. The school did not penalize students choosing skip classes, and professors cancelled classes.
Rust was arrested last October and pleaded guilty earlier this year. He is previously convicted felon and a registered sex offender. He was convicted for indecent liberties with a child by custodian and aggravated sexual battery in Loudoun County Circuit Court