Florida Man dubbed ‘The Antifa Hunter’ gets a 3-year-sentence for online racist threats
‘The Antifa Hunter’ was sentenced to three years and five months behind bars for using social media to promote his racist beliefs.
- Florida man got 3 years and 5 months in prison over social media racist threats.
- Daniel McMahon, calling himself ‘The Antifa Hunter’, intimidated a black activist and threatened a mother he would sexually assault her young autistic daughter.
- The FBI found extremely graphic content on McMahon’s personal computer, including images of violently killed people.
As per Orlando Sentinel, the man waged an online campaign to terrorize and harass people who oppose his ‘white supremacist ideology’.
— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) August 31, 2020
Daniel McMahon, 32, from Florida, pleaded guilty to two separate acts of online hate, Perco Lately reveals. The first act was intimidating the black activist Don Gathers, who intended to run for city council in Charlottesville, Virginia. The second one was threatening to sexually assault the autistic daughter of a woman who opposed white nationalist sentiments.
Both threats were included in federal prosecutors’ files about McMahon. One of the files read:
“[McMahon acted] all in the service of his self-assigned ‘mission’ to hunt down and silence anyone who spoke out against white supremacy. The defendant’s conduct is reprehensible, and it served a despicable purpose. And in the process, his victims suffered real harm.”
Prosecutors reported that the evidence of the online harassment was found when the FBI investigated McMahon’s home. While searching his property, the agents seized his personal computer and several loaded guns.
McMahon’s computer was filled with disturbing content.
It was discovered that McMahon, under the nickname Jack Corbin, Don Gathers of ‘attacking’ a white supremacist group member. He then called for a ‘diversity of tactics’ to be used against the activist.
After the investigation concluded that the social media hunter’s action was a solicitation of violence, Gathers was notified and later canceled his campaign. At the time, McMahon was still not charged, so he was able to brag with a message reading, ‘Hail Victory!’
When ‘The Antifa Hunter’ was finally arrested, another victim appeared. It was a North Carolina mother that the convict threatened to sexually assault her autistic young daughter. The woman told prosecutors that this happened shortly after she criticized white nationalists ideas. She wrote in a statement:
“Only a deeply disturbed individual would do this, a monster. I will never feel completely safe about my child again. There is seemingly nothing that Daniel McMahon will not do in the name of white supremacy.”
One of the folders the FBI found on the criminal’s computer contained several images of violently killed black people.
McMahon had also saved hundreds of files containing the personal information he dug up about the people he terrorized through social media.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 1, 2020
According to the New York Post, US attorney Thomas T. Cullen of the Western District of Virginia slammed the Florida man’s actions, saying:
“This defendant weaponized social media to threaten and intimidate his perceived political enemies and propagate a violent white-supremacist ideology.”
Daniel McMahon was charged for cyberstalking and bias-motivated interference with a candidate for elective office. He received three years and five months in prison, which is the highest sentence for racist harassment.