Neo-Nazi who planned to kill UK lawmaker is jailed for life

Undated handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of Jack Renshaw. A judge in Britain sentenced Renshaw, an alleged member of a banned British neo-Nazi group, to life in prison on Friday May 17, 2019 for planning to murder British Labour MP Rosie Cooper. (Greater Manchester Police via AP)

LONDON (AP) — A judge in Britain has sentenced an alleged member of a banned British neo-Nazi group to life in prison for planning to murder a U.K. lawmaker.

Jack Renshaw had pleaded guilty to buying a machete and intending to kill Labour Party lawmaker Rosie Cooper and threatening to slay a police officer.

High Court Judge Maura McGowan told Renshaw on Friday "this is a case in which only a sentence of life imprisonment can meet the appalling seriousness of your offending."

Cooper said she hopes this is the last time a politician is threatened.

She says "I believe today justice has been served. Not for me personally, but for every MP (member of parliament) and public servant, and for our democratic way of life which affords us the privilege of free speech, without fear of violent retribution."