Former Journalist Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Threatening Jewish Centers

HOLD FOR STORY TUESDAY - FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Warren County Sheriff's Department in Warrenton, Mo., shows Juan Thompson, of St. Louis. Thompson, a former journalist who was arrested on a cyberstalking charge related to threats against Jewish organizations, has a court appearance on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in New York. (Warren County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)
Warren County Sheriff's Department

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

HOLD FOR STORY TUESDAY - FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Warren County Sheriff's Department in Warrenton, Mo., shows Juan Thompson, of St. Louis. Thompson, a former journalist who was arrested on a cyberstalking charge related to threats against Jewish organizations, has a court appearance on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in New York. (Warren County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)
FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department in Warrenton, Mo., shows Juan Thompson. Thompson, a former journalist who admitted cyber stalking an ex-girlfriend and terrorizing Jewish groups with bomb threats, has been sentenced in New York to five years in prison. Thompson was sentenced Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Manhattan federal court. (Warren County Sheriff’s Department via AP, File)

Juan Thompson was sentenced Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

Judge P. Kevin Castel calls Thompson’s crimes domestic terrorism. He sentenced Thompson, of St. Louis, 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 says 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.