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Toms River, NJ - Man Who Carved Swastika In Lakewood Jewish Family's Lawn Pleads Guilty

Published on: June 22, 2015 02:26 PM
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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  Cooney posted bail, which was revoked after he violated a no contact order on June 5th, and he has been imprisoned since that time.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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 Jun 22, 2015 at 02:44 PM lazerx Says:

the problem might get worse when he gets out and wants revenge.


 Jun 22, 2015 at 03:15 PM bubii Says:

This guys demeanor looks dangerous he is an animal who thinks he is cornered very dangerous,most probably he has guns most vicious guys like him have one need s to be watched by the authorities


 Jun 22, 2015 at 07:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
lazerx Says:

the problem might get worse when he gets out and wants revenge.

That's why people own legal guns.


 Jun 23, 2015 at 09:55 AM ekares Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

That's why people own legal guns.

People have the right to legal guns already. No one is disputing that. What they also need is a thorough back ground check, a required training program in competency, safety, and operational knowledge of using a gun, liability insurance for that gun, and licensing like we do for automobiles. As a gun owner for over 45 years I can tell you there is no question a person is absolutely more in danger of being shot in a household with a gun than one without one. Therefore, since guns have only one real purpose, to kill, we need to make sure caution is exercised. A responsible gun owner, recognizing that people are uncomfortable if not outright frightened by the sight of some idiot parading around a supermarket with an AR-15
slung across his back, wouldn't do that. An irresponsible idiot would do that.


 Jun 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM Normal Says:

#3, so who is more likely to have a gun, a Jewish family or the nut-case in the photo?


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