Clark, a self-described white nationalist, according to the FBI, has been in jail since he was arrested 10 months ago. In July pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge, for which he faces up to 10 years behind bars. Sentencing guidelines suggest 10 to 16 months.
If the judge follows prosecutors’ recommendation at Clark’s Sept. 13 sentencing, he could be eligible for immediate release due to time served.
The recommendation included several suggestions, such as prohibiting Clark from possessing firearms, and, if the FBI requests it, requiring Clark to participate in threat-assessment meetings with the bureau up to four times annually.
A few days after the Oct. 27, 2018 shooting in Pittsburgh left 11 dead and seven injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Clark’s family phoned the FBI worried that he might pose a danger to himself or others.
Clark’s younger brother, 23-year-old Edward, took his own life just hours after the Pittsburgh massacre, leaving the elder brother “really riled up.”
Another red flag was Clark not just following Robert Bowers on social media platform, the Gab, but praising the suspected Pittsburgh killer as a “hero” after the vicious attack.
In an affidavit, an FBI agent wrote that after Edward’s death, “Jeffrey Clark became more outspoken about his radical views."
The agent added: “During these conversations, Jeffrey Clark defended Robert Bowers’ killings at the Tree-of-Life Synagogue. Jeffrey Clark also stated that he and Edward Clark had both fantasized about killing ‘Jews and blacks.'”
When he was arrested by the FBI, Clark’s home was found to have, among other disconcerting paraphernalia: neo-Nazi flyers, body armor, boxes of ammunition and a noose above his bed.
Clark has “a deep-rooted hatred for certain minorities and a penchant for glorifying violence," Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cummings wrote in a sentencing memo Thursday. “Added to the inherently dangerous combination of firearms and drugs, the defendant’s then-held views plainly enhanced his potential danger to the community.”