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FSU founder Elgin Nathan James sentenced to one year in extortion case

By March 9, 2011

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The Boston Herald has reported that hardcore musician, FSU leader and Hollywood filmmaker Elgin Nathan James was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday on extortion charges related to the 2006 attempted extortion of a Chicago musician (officially unnamed, but widely regarded to be a member of Mest).

Back in July of 2009, we reported that the FSU leader had been arrested in relation to the charges . Since that time, James had been pushing forward with his filmmaking career, gaining notice by Hollywood notables, and pursuing deals to make more films.

Prosecutors had pushed for four years in prison for James, citing the violence involved, as well as the violence implicit in many of the activities of FSU in general (the Boston-based street gang was originally established to control Boston's hardcore scene and to keep Nazi skinheads out of the clubs and venues that hosted hardcore shows).

James will be eligible for release in 10 months, and he plans to pursue his career once more. In an official statement, he said, "The last few months have been a juxtaposition of the best and worst of my life. Today I faced my day of reckoning... I have accepted responsibility for my past, and I am now looking forward to continuing my film career."


Nathan Elgin James and FSU - The Background and Events Surrounding the Case

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