Washington – Maryland Man Sentenced To 1 Year For Sending Threatening Email to Illinois Mosque


    Washington – Ilya Sobolevskiy, a 25-year-old resident of Maryland, was sentenced today to serve 12 months in prison and to pay a $3,000 fine for violating the civil rights of members of an Urbana, Ill., mosque, announced the Justice Department.

    During a guilty plea hearing in August 2010, Sobolevskiy admitted that he sent an email to a member of the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center (CIMIC), in which he threatened, among other things, that he would “do WHATEVER it takes to eradicate Islam.” Officials at CIMIC reported the threat to the FBI, which referred the case to the department’s Civil Rights Division.

    “One of our most basic rights is the freedom to practice one’s faith in peace,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez of the Civil Rights Division. “We have no tolerance for threats of violence fueled by bigotry, and we will aggressively prosecute such actions.”

    “It is a top priority of the FBI to protect the civil rights of the American people. We encourage members of the community to report all allegations of civil rights violations. The FBI will aggressively investigate these matters to ensure that our society remains free,” said Stuart R. McArthur, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Springfield Office.

    Federal Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal, referring to the defendant’s crime as “an act of terror,” gave the defendant the maximum sentence permitted by law.

    This case was investigated by the Springfield, Ill., division of the FBI, and was prosecuted by department Trial Attorney Patricia Sumner.

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    1. Let me follow in the (Not so noble) tradition of those that focus on the ethnicity / race/ subgroup of the perpetrator. From the name, it is obvious that he is not Jewish. That’s somewhat of a relief. Because that would unjustly weaken our argument in the eyes of those who wish us ill. On a realistic level, he is a criminal. Maybe an insane one. He should get the maximum sentence allowed by law.

    2. Ilya = Eliyahu = name used mainly by Jews.

      Sobolevskiy = usually shortened to Sobel or Sobol in the US

      At least his father is Jewish.

      The garbage spewed onto the shores of the US and EY from the Former Soviet Union includes a lot of criminals and mental cases. This is one of the latter.

    3. Actually he is Jewish I looked him up on myspace and it’s really a shame that they gave him such a harsh punishment. You know how many threatening emails they send to the Jews everyday and its overlooked. Hashem should have mercy on him. Amen.

      • Precisely for that reason, I said that such criminal actions weaken our argument in the eyes of those that wish us ill. Or at least are apathetic to our potential vulnerability. That includes the New York Times, who, in order to look politically correct contend that we (as Jews) are not particularly vulnerable and any other manifestation of a threat is only a fight between ethnic groups. At the time of the Crown Heights riots, in August of 1991, the NYT ran a headline “Fight between blacks and Jews”, where you can clearly see on the picture that the black hooligans and murderers are chasing Jews. And the New York Post captured the essence of the situation in a picture where a father (Mr. Biton) lies on the floor, helpless, after being struck by the black goons. And his hat lies next to him. With his little boy kneeling close to him on the other side. btw. No justice has been done in that case, yet. That black murderer, Lemrick Nelson, who , along with other blacks in the neighborhood yelled “Kill the Jew” is still running free.


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