RENO, Nev. - A Nevada insurance broker accused of sending threatening
e-mail to a Washington, D.C.-based Islamic civil rights group has been
sentenced to one year probation.
Dale T. Ehrgott of Reno was indicted by a federal grand jury last year on
charges of threatening members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
in retaliation for terrorist attacks on Americans.
"You have taught us much about terrorism so get ready to be the receiver,"
read one e-mail sent in 2003, according to case records.
After his indictment was made public, Ehrgott told The Associated Press he
meant no harm.
"It wasn't a threat, just a nasty e-mail," Ehrgott told the AP at the time.
Under an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ehrgott pleaded guilty
to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with federally protected activities.
Besides probation, he also must perform 50 hours of community service under
the sentence imposed Jan. 13 by U.S. Magistrate Robert McQuaid.
Arsalan Iftikhar, legal affairs director for the Islamic group, praised
prosecutors for the their handling of the case.
"Threats of physical violence, unlike legitimate public debate, must never
be tolerated," he said.
Iftikhar added, "All such threatening messages will be turned over to
federal authorities for investigation.