Indiana freelance reporter charged for threatening to ‘kill every Jew’ in Fort Wayne

FBI agents gather at the scene of a deadly shooting, July 17, 2022, at the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana. (Kelly Wilkinson/ The Indianapolis Star via AP, File)
Illustrative: FBI agents at the scene of a deadly shooting, July 17, 2022, in Greenwood, Indiana. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP, File)

A freelance reporter based in Fort Wayne, Indiana is facing up to five years in federal prison after allegedly threatening to “kill every Jew” in the city and “shoot every pro-Israel US government official,” according to a federal affidavit filed in court last week.

Jeffrey Stevens, 41, is charged with posting threats using interstate communications, which carries a maximum of five years in federal prison. He was first reported to the FBI after “multiple concerning Facebook posts” following the October 7 Hamas assault on Israel, according to the affidavit.

In an interview with the FBI on February 2, Stevens admitted to posting on the CIA’s website that he was going to shoot pro-Israel US government officials, according to the affidavit. He also admitted to sending the Fort Wayne Police Department a message on Facebook saying he would “kill every Jew.”

He said during the interview that he was drunk when he posted the messages, the affidavit says.

Stevens is also alleged to have posted that he will “make sure that every CIA member who is pro-Israel is eliminated.”

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