Concurrent would mean time served, consecutive means to be served following the current sentence.
Seems to me Bill should have got the concurrent sentence. Maybe the Judge was swayed by the new indictment, which has not gone to trial, yet.
“…Although many legal professionals believe that all convicted criminals should serve their sentences consecutively, others feel that mitigating circumstances should allow for concurrent sentences. In most states, it is up to the judge’s sole discretion as to how the defendant’s sentences should be served. In others, state law requires concurrent sentences for some offenses and consecutive sentences for others.
One of the main factors used to determine the type of sentencing served is past criminal history. An individual who is committing his or her first offense is more likely to inspire leniency and compassion in the judge and to receive a concurrent sentence. An individual, on the other hand, who has been convicted before (especially of a similar crime) will probably receive a consecutive sentence.
Another factor the judge and the law will consider is the nature of the crimes involves. An individual who is convicted of three similar crimes will most likely serve concurrent sentences. However, if the crimes are unrelated (such as robbery and murder), the judge is more likely to issue an order for consecutive sentences. This is partly because the commission of one crime can lead to several charges…”
From the District Attorney’s Office:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2013
White-Supremacist William White Sentenced to 42 Months
in Prison for Soliciting Violence Against Hale Jury Foreman
CHICAGO — Self-proclaimed white-supremacist WILLIAM A. WHITE was sentenced today to 42 months in federal prison for soliciting violence to the foreman of a federal jury in Chicago that convicted another white-supremacist, Matthew Hale, in 2004. White stood trial in Chicago in January 2011 and was convicted by a jury of one count of solicitation.
“No doubt the experience was extremely frightening for the juror,” U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman, of Milwaukee, who imposed the sentence, said in reference to the Hale jury foreman who was the victim of White’s violent solicitation.
Judge Adelman, who was assigned to preside over the case in Federal Court in Chicago, ordered White to serve the sentence consecutively to all but a little more than a month remaining on a federal sentence that White is currently serving for making threats to other victims and intimidating a witness in Virginia. White’s prior sentence totaled 43 months and is scheduled to end in early April.
Initially, Judge Adelman dismissed the 2008 indictment against White but a federal appeals court in Chicago reinstated the solicitation charge in 2010. After White’s trial in January 2011, the judge overturned the jury’s guilty verdict, but the government appealed and White’s conviction was reinstated, leading to today’s sentencing. White’s prior sentence stemmed from a December 2009 trial conviction by a federal jury in Roanoke.
“This defendant has been prolific in making threats to people,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Ferrara told Judge Adelman today in arguing for a consecutive sentence instead of White’s request for time served.
The evidence at White’s Chicago trial showed that after Matthew Hale was tried, convicted and sentenced for soliciting the murder of a federal j udge in Chicago, White solicited his followers to retaliate against the foreman of that jury. White created and maintained a former web site, “Overthrow.com,” which was publicly accessible on the Internet. The web site purported to be affiliated with the “American National Socialist Workers Party” (ANSWP), and claimed the organization was comprised of a “convergence of former [white supremacy] ‘movement’ activists who grew disgusted with the general garbage that ‘the movement’ has attracted and who formed the ANSWP under the Command of Bill White.” Members of the ANSWP were described as “National Socialists… who fight for white working people.”
Between Sept. 11 and Oct. 11, 2008, White used the web site to solicit anyone to injure Juror A on account of Juror A’s role as the foreperson of the jury that convicted Hale, the leader of a white-supremacist organization known as the World Church of the Creator. Hale was sentenced to 40 years in prison for soliciting the murder of a federal judge in Chicago.
As part of White’s solicitation of violence against Juror A, White posted derogatory comments and personal information about Juror A, including Juror A’s home address and phone numbers, on the Overthrow.com web site on Sept. 11, 2008. The solicitation occurred under circumstances strongly corroborating White’s intent that another person use, attempt to use, or threaten the use of force against Juror A.
White was aware that individuals associated with the white-supremacist movement, who were the target audience of his web site, at times engaged in acts of violence, directed at non-whites, Jews, gays and persons perceived by white-supremacists as acting contrary to their interests. Prior to the solicitation against Juror A, White on multiple occasions caused postings to the web site that disclosed what purported to be the home address and/or personal identifying information of individuals who were targets of criticism on the Internet.
The Government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Ferrara and William Hogan. The sentence was announced by Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Cory B. Nelson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
News Article – According to the last line, this is not time served. I find that hard to believe. We will see.
Neo-Nazi Bill White sentenced to 42 months in prison for juror threats
Prosector says former Roanoke landlord and neo-Nazi leader should serve all but one month of the new sentence after he completes serving time for violating his parole.
By Laurence Hammack | The Roanoke Times
Former neo-Nazi leader William A. White was sentenced today to 42 months in prison for soliciting violence against a former juror in Chicago.
It was the latest in a series of prison terms for White, who as the commander of a Roanoke-based white supremacy group was known his heated online rhetoric and emails that often bordered on threats.
Today’s sentence in federal court in Chicago came after White was convicted of soliciting violence for posting derogatory comments along with the name, address and telephone number of the foreman of a Chicago jury that convicted a fellow white supremacist in 2004.
Prosecutors have argued that White published the information with the hope it would prompt readers of his racist Web site to threaten or harm the man.
A Roanoke jury has also convicted White in separate cases of making racially charged threats. After serving a 30-month term for those charges, White was sent back to prison for violating his parole by fleeing to Mexico, where he was arrested last June.
White will serve all but about a month of the term he received today after he completes his current time, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.