Man gets 15 months for carving swastika into neighbor's lawn

An Ocean County man who carved a swastika into the lawn of a family he had harassed has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.



Scott Cooney of Lakewood was sentenced Friday. He had pleaded guilty in June to bias intimidation.



The judge said Cooney had written threatening and bias letters to the victims despite an order not to have contact with them.



Cooney repeatedly harassed and threatened the family over several months before he went to their home last August, according to authorities. He supposedly used a lead pipe to carve the swastika into their lawn. The family says that they stayed inside their home because they did not want to provoke a confrontation with Cooney



Once Cooney left, they took a photo of the swastika and contacted police, who arrested Cooney was a few days later.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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