US Dept. of Justice Sentencing Hearing

On March 26, 2018, Preston Q. Howard, 49, of Wright City, Missouri, entered a guilty plea before  Chief United States District Court Judge J. Randal Hall, to three charges of Obstruction of Persons in the Free Exercise of Religious Beliefs, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 247(a)(2). He faces up to 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole for each offense, and is subject to a sentencing enhancement because he chose his victims based on their religion, classifying his actions as hate crimes.

The sentencing hearing will be Tuesday July 24 by 10:30 am.  ISA members are encouraged to attend the sentencing hearing. 

At the Southern District of Georgia

Augusta Federal Courthouse
600 James Brown Blvd.
Augusta, GA 30901