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Carmel synagogue vandal sentenced to 3 years in prison

May 21, 2019

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti and lighting fires last year outside a Carmel synagogue.

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said Nolan Brewer of Eminence was sentenced Monday evening for conspiring to violate the civil rights of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla. Minkler announced Tuesday that Brewer pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime.

Nazi flags and iron crosses were found spray-painted July 28 on a brick shed outside the synagogue in Carmel, just north of Indianapolis. Several areas of the grass and ground around the shed were also scorched, leaving burn residue on part of the shed.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard condemned the vandalism and Gov. Eric Holcomb cited the incident in asking the state Legislature to pass a hate crimes bill. Holcomb signed the bill into law in April.

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