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Mahoning Valley man pleads guilty to threatening the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown

James P. Reardon, 22, is also connected to the "Unite the Right" rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a story published in August 2019.

On Wednesday, Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that James P. Reardon, 22, pleaded guilty in federal court to a two-count indictment of transmitting a threatening communication and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The incident happened on Aug. 16, 2019, after New Middletown police contacted the FBI after being made aware of a threatening video posted to Instagram, later connected to Reardon. In the video, the 22-year-old is seen holding an assault rifle, with added sounds of gunshots and screams. 

“Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O'Rearedon," a description of the video said. Reardon also tagged his location as the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown.

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During an initial investigation, officials found that Reardon had been involved in another video that showed him at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. 

Later that day, New Middletown police and members of the FBI Mahoning Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at Reardon's residence in Mahoning County. Inside his home, police found an MP-40 submachine gun; an AR-15 assault rifle; numerous Nazi World War II propaganda posters; a rifle bayonet and vintage U.S. military equipment.

Reardon arrived at the residence while officers were searching the property and he was arrested without incident.

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Reardon is scheduled to be sentenced on September 22, 2021.

Editor's note: The video in the player below is from a story published on May 23, 2021.

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