ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been convicted of a charge he anonymously threatened to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia.
Joseph Cecil Vandevere faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison following his conviction Friday in federal court in Asheville.
His trial started Thursday. A sentencing date wasn’t immediately set.
Vandevere was charged in June with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person in connection with a tweet directed at candidate Qasim Rashid.
The tweet included a picture of a lynching and read, “VIEW YOUR DESTINY.”