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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Friday that John Jacob Hasay, age 21, of Benton, Pennsylvania, was charged in a criminal information with the illegal possession of a machinegun. Hasay is the son of former magistrate John Hasay of Shickshinny.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the information alleges that Hasay possessed a Glock 19 9mm bearing an auto sear from October 22, 2017 through August 23, 2018.  Law enforcement identified Hasay after he posted content in online forums espousing racist, white supremacist, and Nazi ideologies, and threatened to commit a hate crime.

Hasey’s attorney disputes the charges in this case and any intended hate crime.

Hasay has been jailed since his arrest on August 23, 2018.