Man sentenced for hate crime for antisemitic scrawl on neighbor’s garage door
Staten island, N.Y. – James Rizzo Jr., 38, from Rossville who scrawled antisemitic graffiti last year on a Jewish neighbor’s garage door has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation after previously admitting to a hate crime.
James Rizzo Jr. has already served the jail time while awaiting the case’s disposition.
Last month, Rizzo pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court, St. George, to third-degree criminal mischief as a hate crime, stemming from the Oct. 17 incident. It was the top charge against him.
Rizzo told police he knew the victims were Jewish “because of the way they spoke,” according to the complaint.