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Published March 18, 2014, 12:10 PM

Man pleads guilty to threatening Fargo synagogue

FARGO – A man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to threatening a synagogue here Monday, federal prosecutors said.

By: Emily Welker, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – A man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to threatening a synagogue here Monday, federal prosecutors said.

Dominique Jason Flanigan was sentenced to one year in prison and one year of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to threatening a synagogue in 2011, according to North Dakota U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon and Acting Assistant General for the Civil Rights Division Jocelyn Samuels.

According to documents filed with the court, Flanigan, also known as Kadafi Al Sadar, called Temple Beth El on Jan. 4, 2011, and left a voicemail threatening employees there.

He was indicted under seal by a grand jury in December 2012 for interfering with a federally protected activity, which charged he had intimidated and interfered with the synagogue’s employees because of their religion.

“Religious freedom is a basic civil right, and we are committed to protecting the freedom of all who worship and work at religious institutions. Those who threaten that freedom will be held accountable for their actions,” said Samuels.

“The North Dakota U.S. Attorney’s office and the Department of Justice are committed to protecting the civil rights of all North Dakotans,” said Purdon. “We take civil rights violations such as those present in this case very seriously, and work hard to see that justice is done.”

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