A former “Nazi” and “Nazi-liking” New Jersey preacher who plotted to assassinate the US president was sentenced Tuesday to 40-years in prison, a federal judge said.
The judge also sentenced Thomas E. Deutsch, 62, to three years of supervised release.
Federal prosecutors had sought the sentence for a conspiracy to commit murder, which is considered the highest possible punishment for a hate crime.
Deutsch pleaded guilty in October to conspiring to use interstate communication to carry out the attack, which was intended to spark an interstate riot.
The conspiracy was to target the President of the United States and members of his administration.
In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a conspiracy charge related to the bombing of a federal building in 1941, the bombing that destroyed the World Trade Center in 1993 and the bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
A former Marine veteran, Deutsch had previously served in the Air Force and was trained as a preacher.
He also served in a church in New Jersey.
In his sentencing, U.S. District Judge Robert P. Carney Jr. said Deutsch was an extremist who had been motivated by a sense of racial persecution.
Deans actions were motivated by his hatred of Jews, Christians and others, Carney said.
He also said Deans hatred of the government and its policies had led him to think of the bombing as an attack on the Constitution.
Deans violent ideology also had been driven by a deep hatred for the US government, Carney added.
He sentenced Deutsch to 40 to 50 years in federal prison.
He will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years, which will be suspended if he is convicted of a second count of conspiring to commit a crime punishable by up to five years in the federal prison system.
He could have been released on parole at the end of his sentence, Carney told Deutsch during the hearing.
He did not provide a specific date for his release.
Deffents lawyers did not immediately return a call seeking comment.