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Man jailed for threatening South Park writers

Jesse Curtis Morton and another man encouraged attacks on show’s writers over episode depicting Muhammad in a bear suit

A Muslim convert from New York has been sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison after admitting threatening the writers of South Park over their depiction of the prophet Muhammad…

Morton worked on website postings with Zachary Chesser, of Virginia, who pleaded guilty in October 2010 to sending threatening communications to the South Park writers and to other charges. Last year Chesser was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and Morton was arrested in Rabat, Morocco, and brought back to the US.

He admitted helping Chesser in taking repeated steps in April 2010 to encourage extremists to attack the writers for an episode that depicted Muhammad in a bear suit. Most Muslims consider any depiction of the founder of Islam as offensive.

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