D.C. Man Who Identified as a “Neo-Nazi” Will Be Released from Custody
Bloomingdale resident Jeffrey Raphael Clark, who has previously described himself as a National Socialist, will be released from custody after pleading guilty to a federal gun charge and receiving a sentence of time served in court.
His lawyer contended in court documents that his “detention at the D.C. Jail for the last 10 months has caused Mr. Clark to re-evaluate many of the choices he has made in his young life - especially those choices that brought him to the attention of law enforcement.”
Clark was 30 at the time of his arrest in November 2018. The Federal Bureau of Investigations received reports about him from family members, who said “he fantasized about murdering Jews and blacks,” according to court documents. He also characterized the fatal Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooting on October 27, 2018 as “a dry run for things to come,” and, alongside his younger brother, who committed suicide shortly after the mass shooting in Pittsburgh, “believed that there would be a race revolution, and they wanted to expedite it,” per the affidavit.
Upon Clark’s arrest, law enforcement discovered swastika flags and memorabilia, nooses, AR-15 rifle conversion kits and high-capacity AR-15 magazines, and tactical gear at the house in Bloomingdale where Clark resided alongside family members.
However, July’s plea deal states that there’s no evidence that Clark had any advanced knowledge of the Tree of Life attack, or that he was planning a separate attack in D.C. Along with his brother, Clark was known to local antifascist organizers, one of whom said Clark sent her a death threat in 2017.
As first reported by HuffPost, U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly sentenced Clark to time served, meaning he will be released after his 10 months in custody. Kelly declined to release Clark prior to his sentencing hearing, citing the prosecutors’ evidence of his white nationalist-related activities and saying, “there’s too much in here about his sympathy for folks who’ve undertaken violence.”