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Man Who Threatened ‘South Park’ Creators Over Muhammad Episode Gets 25 Years in Prison

Feb 25, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Zachary Chesser, the Virginia man who encouraged the murder of "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker over an episode of the show that portrayed the Muslim prophet Muhammad, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chesser had written in Internet posts during a four-month period that the "South Park" creators should "wind up like Theo Van Gogh," the Dutch filmmaker who was murdered by a radical Muslim who objected to Van Gogh’s portrayal of Islamic society.

"Zachary Chesser will spend 25 years in prison for advocating the murder of U.S. citizens for engaging in free speech about his religion," said U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride on Thursday. "His actions caused people throughout the country to fear speaking out–even in jest–to avoid being labeled as enemies who deserved to be killed."

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