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Jesse Curtis Morton, a Muslim convert from New York, pleaded guilty Thursday to communicating threats against Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the writers of the often-controversial comedy South Park.
Morton, 33, was a founder of the radical website Revolution Muslim, on which he posted the threats. The threats stemmed from South Park’s 200th episode, which depicted the prophet Muhammad dressed in a bear costume. Depictions of Muhammad are considered offensive to most Muslims.
Morton, who is also known as Younus Abdullah Mohammad, has been in custody since his arrest in Rabat, Morocco last year.
Zach Chessler, a Virginia native and fellow poster on the Revolution Muslim site, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in October 2010. The two men reportedly posted Parker and Stone’s addresses and told readers to “pay them a visit,” according to court documents.
Morton’s sentencing is scheduled for May 18. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on all three charges.
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