Anti-Semitic Elmo Sentenced to Year in Prison

Homeless man sentenced in plot to extort $2 million from Girl Scouts.

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A homeless man who went on an anti-Semitic tirade in New York City's Times Square while dressed as Elmo was sentenced to a year in prison in a plot to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts.

Dan Sandler was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to attempted grand larceny and misdemeanor stalking as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Sandler, of Ashland, Ore., was accused of threatening to publicize false information about the Girl Scouts unless he got the money. Prosecutors say he sent harassing emails and photos to an employee of the nonprofit.

Sandler was arrested last year in Times Square while wearing the "Sesame Street" character costume and causing a scene that blocked traffic. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. A defense attorney has said his rants weren't a real threat.

Dan Sandler, dressed as the Muppet character Elmo, is handcuffed and detained by police after using anti-Semitic language in Times Square, New York, Sept. 18, 2012.Credit: Reuters

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