Benjamin Svetkey
February 24, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EST

Zachary Adam Chesser, the 21-year-old American-born Islamic man who posted online threats encouraging jihadists attacks against South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker — for an episode that depicted the Prophet Mohammed in a bear suit — was sentenced to 25 years in prison today. “His actions caused people throughout the country to fear speaking out — even in jest — to avoid being labeled as enemies who deserve to be killed,” U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride is quoted in a CNN report. “The fact that a young man from Northern Virginia could support such violence and terror is a sobering reminder of the serious threat that homegrown jihadist pose to this country.” Chesser also admitted that he had attempted to join an Islamic group in Somalia, Al-Shabaab, that the U.S. government considers a terrorist organization.

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