Salt Lake City, UTAH–A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City returned an indictment charging a male on gun possession charges and a federal hate crime charge relating to a bias-motivated attack at a local synagogue.
The indictment alleges that between Jan. 1, 2012 and April 30, 2012, Macon Openshaw, 21, of Salt Lake City, intentionally defaced and damaged the Congregation Kol Ami synagogue in Salt Lake City by firing several rounds from a Walther .22 caliber handgun at the building, breaking windows and damaging the window frame of the building. Openshaw allegedly performed these actions because of the religious character of the synagogue. This charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.
The superseding indictment charges Openshaw with one count of using and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, possession of a firearm with a removed, obliterated or altered serial number and possession of a firearm while subject to a protective order.