Ex-Navy Serviceman Sentenced To Prison

May 8, 2019 GMT

A former U.S. Navy serviceman who federal prosecutors alleged threatened to commit a hate crime has been sentenced to serve two years in federal prison.

John Jacob Hasay, 21, of Shickshinny, previously pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a Glock 19 9mm pistol that had been illegally modified to make it fire automatically.

U.S. District Judge James M. Munley imposed the sentence last month, ordering Hasay to serve two years of probation upon his release from prison.

Hasay, the son of former Magisterial District Judge John E. Hasay, was charged last August with possessing a machine gun and possessing an unregistered firearm.

After his arrest, the U.S. Attorney’s Office argued he should be detained based on a “written promise to commit a hate crime” and “advancements of Nazi and white supremacist-related ideologies.”

Hasay’s attorney Al Flora Jr. disputed the allegations, saying while Hasay had posted some “stupid stuff” on social media, prosecutors found no evidence Hasay was planning a hate crime.

Hasay was never charged with plotting an attack, and as a result of the plea deal prosecutors did not pursue the charge of possessing an unregistered firearm.

As part of the plea deal, Hasay agreed to the forfeiture of several weapons, magazines and ammunition, including an Israel Weapon Industries Uzi, a German Sport Guns 522 semi-automatic rifle and a short-barrelled Mossberg 500A shotgun.

Hasay was remanded to serve his sentence at the conclusion of the hearing April 23.

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