Asian American pleads guilty to shooting Jews in LA hate crimes


Asian American pleads guilty to shooting Jews in LA hate crimes: Jaime Tran, 29, pleaded guilty last week to federal hate crimes and firearm offenses for shooting two Jewish men in Los Angeles’ Pico-Robertson neighborhood last year. Tran, previously of Riverside, admitted to two counts of hate crimes with intent to kill and two counts of firearm use in relation to a crime of violence.

  • Tran had a history of antisemitic beliefs and threats, including leaving dental school in 2018 after making hate-filled statements. His violent rhetoric escalated in late 2022, targeting a former classmate and sending antisemitic propaganda to others.

  • Despite being barred from purchasing firearms due to mental health holds, Tran acquired guns through a third party in January 2023. In February, Tran shot two Jewish men on consecutive days as they left synagogues. Both victims survived. Tran has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 17, 2023, and faces a 35 to 40-year prison term, with sentencing set for Aug. 5.

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