Toms River, NJ - Man Who Carved Swastika In Lakewood Jewish Family's Lawn Pleads Guilty
Toms River, NJ - A Lakewood man who carved a swastika into his Jewish neighbor’s lawn entered a guilty plea today in New Jersey Superior Court on Bias Intimidation in the fourth degree.
Scott F. Cooney appeared today in front of Justice James M. Blaney and will be sentenced on August 21st.
Cooney, a 36 year old Leisure Village resident, allegedly threatened and harassed two neighbors for several months last year, but things came to a head on August 10th last summer when he was spotted by the victims allegedly etching something into their grass. The two remained inside until Cooney left in an effort to avoid an altercation, going outside afterwards to discover a swastika cut out into their lawn.
The incident was reported to the Lakewood Police Department and Cooney was arrested at his East Dorchester Drive home three days later, with bail set at $25,000. Cooney posted bail, which was revoked after he violated a no contact order on June 5th, and he has been imprisoned since that time.
Prosecutors are seeking a 15 month sentence for Cooney. If convicted, Cooney faces a maximum prison sentence of 18 months.
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