Neo-Nazi Gets 7 Years For Vandalizing Jewish Graves

SKOKIE (CBS) – An admitted neo-Nazi convicted of vandalizing nearly 70 Jewish graves with a swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison.

A Cook County jury earlier this month found Mariusz Wdziekonski, 24, guilty of two felony charges in the January 2008 vandalism at Westlawn Cemetery in unincorporated Norridge Park Township.

“You’re a person who’s bigoted and espouses hate,” Cook County Judge Larry Axelrood told Wdziekonski as he sentenced the Norridge man. “You wanted to inflict your hatred, and you wanted to inflict pain.”

Wdziekonski denied during his trial that he vandalized the graves in January 2008. But several Cook County sheriff’s officers testified that he ultimately admitted during questioning that he had desecrated the headstones and grave markers. Wdziekonski admitted being a neo-Nazi.

Prosecutors said the seven-year prison term imposed on Wdziekonski, a Polish immigrant who has been in the United States since 2004, was appropriate. It was the maximum penalty.

“It’s exactly what he deserved,” said prosecutor Lauren Brown.

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  • ucity88

    Are they going to deport him when he finished his time in jail?

  • Stash

    I have known of others who vadalize and defaced head stones in cemetries all over the Chicagoland area including JOOS and never recieved a sentence like this,maybe because he was Polish,if he was irish or black he probably would have got probation.

  • Will

    As someone who has family there, I hope that he will be deported the second he leaves prison.


    Stash, I’m Jewish and my grandparents were from Poland, what’s your point ?

  • John R

    As much as I hate Nazis, 7 years for some spray paint seems a little harsh. He should have to scrub them all clean with a toothbrush.

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