Utah Man Charged With Firing Handgun At Synagogue

A 21-year-old Salt Lake City man named Macon Openshaw was indicted by a federal grand jury on a hate crimes charge for allegedly shooting up a Utah synagogue with a handgun, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Justice Department.

The statement said that sometime between Jan. 1, 2012 and April 30, 2012, Openshaw used a Walther .22 caliber handgun to fire at the Congregation Kol Ami synagogue in Salt Lake City, breaking windows and damaging the building. “Openshaw allegedly performed these actions because of the religious character of the synagogue,” according to the Justice Department.

Openshaw faces a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment with the hate crimes charge. 

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