La Mesa man gets jail for threatening American-Islamic group

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John David Weissinger

SAN DIEGO — A La Mesa man who directed threats at the San Diego and Washington offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations a year ago was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail and five years probation.

John David Weissinger, 54, pleaded guilty last August to a charge of making a criminal threat, with hate crime allegations, and possession of an illegal assault rifle.

“It’s hateful, it’s caustic, it’s inflammatory, it’s dangerous, it’s illegal, it’s inexcusable and it cannot be tolerated,” Judge Timothy Walsh said of Weissinger’s behavior.

“One needs to understand that this type of conduct will not be tolerated,” the judge said. “His conduct is not going to be treated lightly.”

Defense attorney Michael Malowney told the judge that Weissinger is a different man today than when he made the threats.

In the voicemail and email threats, Weissinger used “horrible and evil” words and “once they went out, he couldn’t take them back,” the attorney said.

Malowney said Weissinger has problems with alcohol, anxiety and depression and had just finished watching a week of Fox News coverage on the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris when he threatened the CAIR offices.

“He barks when he’s drunk,” Malowney told the judge. “He was reeling from depression and anxiety.”

A female employee at CAIR’s Kearny Mesa office testified during a preliminary hearing last April that she came to work the morning of Jan. 15, 2015, and listened to a threatening voicemail left by Weissinger.

“In no way did we deserve the terror that Mr. Weissinger waged on us,” the employee, identified as Jane Doe, said in a recorded statement played in court Tuesday. “Domestic terrorism is unacceptable and must be stopped.”

The victim said that in the voicemail, Weissinger threatened to shoot her and fellow employees. She said she called police and gave them Weissinger’s name, which she got from caller ID.

The woman testified that she had seen Weissinger hanging around the local CAIR office several times in the weeks before the hate-filled voice message was left.

San Diego police Detective Dean Way testified last year that an assault rifle was found during a subsequent search of Weissinger’s home.

The detective said Weissinger admitted leaving the voicemail and also sending a similar threatening email hours later to CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“He admitted everything,” the detective said, testifying that Weissinger told him he was drunk at the time and that it was a “stupid thing to do.”

In the threatening email, Weissinger wrote that he was coming with enough firepower to “kill all of you,” Way testified.

“I’m grateful it’s over,” said Hanif Mohebi, executive director of San Diego’s CAIR office. “I want everyone to know that hate messages of any kind are not acceptable, in any way, shape or form.”

11 comments

  • Liberals suck bigtime

    The world is on its head….at least the crazy USA. The cair group that supports terror put a guy in jail for calling a spade a spade.

    Wow.

    I suppose when you have a crazy Muslim in our White House, this is what we should expect.

    • John williams

      Do not buy anything from their businesses. Do not allow them in yours. Watch them carefully. Band together to not allow them to buy, sell or get loans of any kind. Strangle the Muslims out of this country!!!

      • rags

        Totally agree you shouldn’t give your hard earned money to a muslim owned business here or anywhere. The Dickeys BBQ franchise location off Balboa Ave is muslim owned. As soon as I caught wind of this my first thought was no way this guy allah akbhar sleezball is going to be selling my pork which is outlawed in his so-called religion. Check your local subway to make sure its not muslim owned as they are one of the cheapest franchises to buy hence a lot of muslims own them. They like to own the subway and try to skeez on the 18 year old female employees they hire. Disgusting but true.

  • JO Momma

    Here we go with the opening of the floodgates. Ask Germany what they think of letting them in their country. Ask Germany how that New Year’s celebration worked out for them. Ask England what it’s like to have “no go” zones where police officers can’t patrol the streets for fear of being attacked by muslims. Ask France how they like having muslims in their country. Just ask. Trump 2016.

  • surfside six

    This judge is some kind of crime fighter. He represents a system that bombs and invades Islamic lands and nations up one side and down the other. If a few US citizens get carried with words in the war effort big deal. And nobody promised this diversity insanity would work perfectly anyway…

  • trailer trash terrorists

    I guess when your parents are related you have diarrhea of the mouth like these inbred trash here.

    Faux news, you’re always good for a laugh.

  • Pattrick Lewis

    Mr. Weissinger isn’t just some random individual with mental issues, he is the face of a low-information demographic that Fox News profits from exploiting. What do you expect? When watching Fox News… you open your ears to let all the shit soak into your brain. Then when you get drunk and open your mouth, the shit spews right back out.

  • Stokely Carm

    Hmmm. What piece of sh t, racist, Trump supporters sound like (see comments below). I just didn’t know they were rampant in San Diego. Shouldn’t you l0sers to be listening to that fahgateer Carl DeMaio’s stupid radio show brainwashing whatever few brain cells you have left. This l0ser in this article is getting what he deserved haha.. it’s priceless. Just another silly conservat-ard behind prison.

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