EAST LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A man who has pleaded guilty to threatening an East Lansing synagogue will spend one year and one day behind bars.

In June 2023, Seann Pietlila told others on the social media he made plans to commit a mass shooting against the Congregation Shaarey Zedek in East Lansing.

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U.S. Attorney Mark Totten said Pietlila’s communications demonstrated sympathy with neo-Nazi ideology, antisemitism, and past mass shooters. Law enforcement searched Pietila’s residence and seized various items, including ammunition, magazines, a shotgun, a rifle, a pistol, multiple knives, firearms accessories, tactical vests, masks, a Nazi flag, a ghillie suit, gas masks, and military sniper/survival manuals.

In addition, a note on Pietlila’s phone identified a particular synagogue in East Lansing, a date, and a list of equipment.

In addition to his prison sentence, Pietlila will pay more than $10,000 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release following his incarceration.