A Judge Let A Transgender Former Neo-Nazi Off Without Prison Time Because He Had Endured “Enough” Suffering

A Judge Let A Transgender Former Neo-Nazi Off Without Prison Time Because He Had Endured “Enough” Suffering

BuzzFeed-News·2021-04-02 05:00

A former member of a violent neo-Nazi group who tormented journalists across the US with hand-delivered threats won’t be sentenced to prison after a federal judge in Seattle said the man, who is transgender, had suffered enough from abusive family members and high school bullies.

During a virtual court hearing Wednesday, US District Judge John Coughenour said he struggled with his decision to sentence Taylor Parker-Dipeppe to time served, according to the Associated Press, which first reported on the hearing. But Coughenour explained that while he was aware of the fear and torment that Parker-Dipeppe’s actions inflicted on his targets, the 21-year-old had also been a victim himself.

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