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Man carves swastika into lawn, gets 15 months in prison

Scott Cooney was sentenced on Friday for carving a swastika into the lawn of a family he had harassed

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Scott Cooney, who carved a swastika onto a lawn, gets prison for 15 months (Photo tweeted by @FOX29philly)

A man who carved a swastika into the lawn of a family he had harassed has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Scott Cooney was sentenced on Friday. He had pleaded guilty in June to bias intimidation.

The judge said Cooney had written threatening and bias letters to the victims despite an order not to have contact with them.

Authorities say Cooney repeatedly harassed and threatened the family over several months before he went to their home in New Jersey last August and used a lead pipe to carve the swastika into their lawn. The family stayed inside their home because they did not want to provoke a confrontation.

Once Cooney left, they took a photo of the swastika and contacted police. Cooney was arrested a few days later.

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