US Dept. of Justice Sentencing Hearing Results

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.

During the sentencing hearing Tuesday July 24, Mr. Howard,  was sentenced to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

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