RICHMOND, Va. — A white supremacist convicted of threats and intimidation may see his 2½-year prison sentence lengthened as a result of a federal appeals court ruling.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ordered a new sentencing Thursday for William White of Roanoke.

White was convicted on three counts for intimidating a group of apartment-complex residents in Virginia Beach, and threatening a university administrator in Delaware and a bank employee in Missouri. The appeals court upheld those convictions.

The court ordered the new sentencing because White addressed an intimidating letter to the young children of an apartment resident who was suing her landlord for racial discrimination. The court agreed with prosecutors that the sentencing judge failed to apply the proper enhancement for targeting vulnerable victims.

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