The founder of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant of Kurdish descent, has been the target of right-wing threats by people who accuse him of employing too many refugees in his factories, which began as a yogurt business in upstate New York and expanded to Twin Falls, a city of about 46,500 south of Boise.
The Twin Falls county prosecutor, Grant Loebs, said in an interview on Tuesday that the assault case had nothing to do with Chobani.
It said the defendants acted with “actual malice” to harm Chobani’s reputation and to discourage customers from purchasing its products.
Jones apologized for his role in spreading the hoax known as Pizzagate, which claimed, falsely, that top Democratic officials were involved with child abuse ring centered around Comet Ping Pong, a restaurant in Washington.
The restaurant was besieged with threats, and in December a man drove from North Carolina to the pizzeria and fired a rifle inside.