Texan Man, 19, Sentenced for Synagogue Attack

Franklin Sechriest, 19, of San Marcos, Texas, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for perpetuating a hate crime and setting fire to a Jewish synagogue, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

According to the DOJ, Sechriest admitted targeting the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Austin, Texas, due to his “hatred of Jewish people. The DOJ report further adds that journals were “recovered from the defendant … replete with virulent antisemitic statements and views.”

According to The Hill, court documents detailed that on Oct. 28, 2021, Sechriest scouted the synagogue’s location. On the night of Oct. 31, 2021, surveillance footage captured him carrying a five-gallon container and toilet paper toward the synagogue. The footage subsequently showed a fire breaking out, with Sechriest seen fleeing.

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