A self-described white supremacist who made threats online against the jurors and witnesses during the trial of a man who massacred 11 members of a Pittsburgh synagogue was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison on Wednesday.
In September, Hardy Carroll Lloyd, 45, of Follansbee, West Virginia, entered a guilty plea to obstructing the proper administration of justice. He was sentenced in a federal court located in the northern part of the state.
Lloyd acknowledged that his targeting of the jurors and witnesses in Robert Bowers’ trial was motivated by the real or imagined Jewish faith of the government witnesses and victims.
Lloyd was characterised as a self-described head of a white supremacist movement by the US Justice Department. During Bowers’ trial, prosecutors claimed that Lloyd, who was detained on August 10, made threatening emails and remarks on websites.
A jury found that Bowers should be executed, and he was put to death in August for the worst attack on Jews in American history.
A cash reward of up to $1,000 was made available by the Texas Department of Public Safety in May 2022 for information that led to Lloyd’s arrest. Lloyd had allegedly made threats on the internet to carry a firearm onto the Texas Capitol grounds and to confront any police officer who attempted to “take enforcement actions” against him. According to a government statement, Lloyd had a criminal record.