Amarillo man convicted of threatening rabbis in New York

A 38-year-old Amarillo man was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for threatening to kill three prominent New York City rabbis.

Christopher Stephen Brown, who is being held in the Randall County Jail, faced up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of interstate threats in September.

He appeared before US District Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk in Amarillo, who imposed a 24-month sentence and one year supervised release.

Brown was originally charged with two counts of interstate threats, but as part of his settlement, the other count was dismissed.

“Mr. Brown expressed abhorrent anti-Semitism and threatened to commit despicable acts of violence against certain Jewish authorities,” U.S. Attorney Leigha Simonton said in a statement. “We will never stop protecting the Jewish community and other religious groups from such troubling, hateful behavior. We hope that today’s verdict will serve as an affirmation for the victims, their families and the entire Jewish community.”