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Assault leads to more prison time for Oregon racist "fixture"

A long-time neo-Nazi described as a “fixture in Oregon’s white nationalist movement” now faces two more years in prison for assaulting an associate.

Jacob A. Laskey, whose racist ties go back to his involvement with the violent neo-Nazi skinhead gang Volksfront, was sentenced this week in Lane County, Oregon.

He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon on the eve of his scheduled jury trial, the Eugene Weekly reported.

Circuit Court Judge Valeri Love sentenced Laskey to six months in the Lane County Jail, 30 months at the Department of Corrections and another 24 months of post-prison supervision.

The 38-year-old racist, described by the Oregonian “as a fixture in Oregon’s white nationalist movement,”  has been in custody since his arrest in January on assault and other charges.

The knife attack occurred at an RV park in Creswell, Oregon, and involved a 41-year-old man who knew Laskey, authorities said at the time. The victim required medical attention and recovered.

At the time, Laskey was on probation after serving more than a decade in federal prison for a series of hate-related crimes in Oregon.

Laskey was sentenced in 2007 to more than 11 years in federal prison for his role in a series of hate crimes linked to Volksfront, the now-defunct skinhead gang.

One of his crimes involved swastika-etched bricks thrown through stained glass windows at Eugene's Temple Beth Israel Synagogue in 2002 as 80 congregants worshiped inside.

Laskey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate civil rights, damaging religious property, soliciting murder, obstruction of justice, soliciting a bomb threat against Eugene's federal courthouse and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

While not renouncing his racist past, Laskey told the Oregonian earlier this year that he’s no longer involved with white supremacy groups or the white nationalist movement.

But in recent years, Laskey has sold books he wrote in prison, including one claiming the Holocaust was a hoax. He also released a series of YouTube videos directing anger toward anti-racist activists and antifa, the newspaper reported. At the time of his latest arrest, he was also involved in the racist skinhead hate group American Front and was disseminating some of their materials on Amazon.

He also “talked about his doubts that the Earth is round and whether the International Space Station is a Hollywood movie set,” the newspaper reported.

At the time of his arrest, he also was involved with his family in operating a military surplus store, Wolfclan Armory, a military surplus outlet in Cottage Grove, Oregon, south of Eugene.

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