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22-year-old man gets 5 years jail for shooting out windows of synagogue

By Mason White 11:53 AM July 16, 2014
Macon Openshaw 

By: Hydar Tomar
A young man was arrested, charged and convicted of unlawful gun possession after shooting out the windows of a synagogue, prosecutors in Utah said.

Now, the 22-year-old man of Salt Lake City, was sentenced to five years in prison for shooting out the windows of the synagogue in what prosecutors considered an attack against religion.

Macon Openshaw was also ordered to pay $1,969 to repair the damage to the Kol Ami Congregation. Openshaw pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of illegal weapons as part of a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors.

Openshaw admitted that he fired three rounds from a .22 caliber pistol at the unoccupied temple because of its religious identity.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement that the conviction and sentence shows that religiously motivated violence will not be tolerated.