Mahoning County Man, James P. Reardon Pleads Guilty to Using a Firearm to Threaten a Jewish Community Center in Youngstown
(STL.News) Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that James P. Reardon, 22, of New Middletown, Ohio, pleaded guilty in federal court today to a two-count indictment charging him with transmitting a threatening communication and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
According to the court documents, on August 16, 2019, New Middletown police contacted the FBI after being made aware of a video uploaded to Instagram by a user later identified as Reardon. In the video, Reardon is seen holding an assault rifle in multiple firing positions with audio of gunshots, sirens and people screaming added into the background.
The video also had a caption that stated: “Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon.” The video is shown to be tagged at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown.
On August 16, 2019, New Middletown police officers and members of the FBI Mahoning Violent Crimes Task Force gather to prepare to execute a search warrant at Reardon’s residence. During this time, federal agents reviewed other videos involving Reardon, including a National Geographic documentary in which Reardon attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August of 2017.