A California lady pleaded responsible to a federal hate crime for threatening to bomb a Catholic highschool in Washington, D.C., the Department of Justice announced Monday.
Sonia Tabizada, 36, pleaded responsible to obstructing spiritual train by risk of pressure by making threats in May 2019 to Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, the oldest Catholic ladies faculty within the nation, after it introduced it could start publishing same-sex marriage ceremony bulletins in its alumni journal, according to court documents.
Tabizada has no recognized connections to the varsity and will have realized in regards to the marriage ceremony bulletins by means of information studies. The Southern California resident made a number of threatening cellphone calls to the varsity, together with leaving voicemails stating that she would burn and bomb the church, kill faculty officers and college students and commit “terrorism,” in accordance with courtroom paperwork.
“The defendant made violent threats against high school students, religious leaders, and school officials based solely on her disagreement with a private school’s application of religious doctrine,” Eric Dreiband, assistant legal professional common for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, mentioned within the assertion. “Tolerance and religious freedom are cornerstone values in our society and the Department of Justice will continue to vigorously prosecute violent threats motivated by bias.”
Tabizada’s legal professional, Carmen D. Hernandez, didn’t instantly reply to NBC News’ request for remark.
Tabizada will probably be sentenced March 23 and faces a most penalty of 20 years in jail and a superb of as much as $250,000.
Brooke Sopelsa is the editorial director of NBC Out, NBC News‘ LGBTQ digital vacation spot.