Neo-Nazi who plotted to kill politician with sword gets life in jail

Court artist sketch of Jack Renshaw at the Old Bailey in London on Friday.

(CNN)A neo-Nazi who plotted to murder his local Member of Parliament with a sword was handed a life sentence in London on Friday.

Jack Renshaw, 23, pleaded guilty to planning to commit a terrorist act. He plotted to kill Rosie Cooper, the MP for West Lancashire, in 2017 with a sword similar to that used by Roman soldiers, according to a statement from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The court heard how Renshaw became obsessed with Nazi ideology at 14 years old and thought Britain was controlled by Jewish people. The court was also told that he targeted Cooper because she was from the Labour Party, which he blamed for immigration in the UK.
    Renshaw raised his arm to the public gallery in what appeared to be a Nazi salute as he was taken out of the courtroom.
    The judge, Honorable Justice Maura McGowan, said she acknowledged Renshaw was young, naive and came from a troubled background. However, she said: "You are an intelligent young man. You may be troubled but you know full well what you have done."
    A CPS photo of the weapon Renshaw intended to use.
    "Your perverted view of history and current politics has caused you to believe it right to demonize groups simply because they are different from you," McGowan continued.
    "This is a case in which only a sentence of life imprisonment can meet the appalling seriousness of your offending," she ended.
    There were gasps from the public gallery as the sentence was read out. A man shouted, "We're with you Jack, we're with you" while giving him a thumbs-up, and a woman sobbed.
    A victim impact statement from Cooper, read to the court by the CPS, said: "I wish I could say that this planned attack on my life hasn't changed me or my life but sadly it has had a detrimental impact.
    "To be informed that a stranger wished to murder you, to decapitate you, hold your staff hostage and exchange them for a police officer and after a further murder, themselves die at the hands of the police -- suicide by cop -- is something out of a horror movie, not life as I know it," the lawmaker said.