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Families of Slain Couple in FEAR Militia Case File Claim Against U.S. Army

By Don Terry on August 29, 2013 - 5:18 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Domestic Terrorism, Extremists in the Military
Victims Tiffany York and Michael Roark

The families of two teenagers shot to death execution-style in the Georgia woods in 2011 by a gang of American soldiers trying to cover up their criminal enterprise and delusional plot to overthrow the government took the first step today in a $30 million wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. Army.

Charging the Army with a long list of negligent acts, the families are seeking $15 million for each murdered loved one: Tiffany York, 17, a high school junior, and her boyfriend, Michael Roark, 19, a former soldier who was discharged three days before he was killed.

The Army’s negligent acts and omissions – particularly its handling of an earlier investigation into the death of the gang ringleader’s wife – “directly and foreseeably caused the deaths of Claimants’ children,” says the document.

The young sweethearts were murdered by members of an antigovernment militia called FEAR, or Forever Enduring Always Ready. FEAR was made up of active-duty soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Ga. Roark served with the gang members.

All told, 11 people, most of them current or recently discharged soldiers, have been arrested in connection with the gang and the murder in the woods on Dec. 5, 2011. Six members of the gang have pleaded guilty, including Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, the ringleader, who was sentenced in civilian court in July to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Aguigui, 22, is also facing an upcoming court martial in military court for the murder in July 2011 of his 24-year-old wife, Sgt. Deidre Aguigui, an Army linguist who was five months pregnant when she died. Isaac Aguigui was initially questioned by Army investigators but was not held long. A military autopsy proved inconclusive.

Within weeks of his wife’s death, Aguigui received a $500,000 life insurance policy and used much of the money, prosecutors say, to fund his militia that stockpiled nearly $90,000 worth of military-grade weapons.  But it wasn’t until April 2013, after a civilian medical examiner ruled the death a homicide following a new look at the autopsy reports, that Aguigui was charged with his wife’s murder.

“I wish we wouldn’t have to file a lawsuit,” Brenda Thomas, the mother of Tiffany York told Hatewatch today. “I wish things would have been handled differently back in July 2011. I wish the Army had done its job.  But I feel someone needs to be held accountable for the Army’s negligence.”

Brian C. Brook and Matthew J. Peed, the lawyers for the families, filed what is known as an administrative claim, an official notice of the family’s intent to sue the military in six months unless the Army pays the $30 million or agrees to a settlement.

A spokesman at Fort Stewart did not immediately respond to a Hatewatch request for comment.

Much of the wrongful death claim revolves around the death of Aguigui’s wife and the Army’s handling of the investigation. Military police were apparently skeptical of Aguigui’s story and said the death scene appeared to have been “staged.” Yet nothing was done for more than a year.

“Despite the wealth of incriminating evidence,” the complaint charges, “the Army negligently failed to even classify Sgt. Deidre Aguigui’s death as a homicide, much less arrest and prosecute Pvt. Isaac Aguigui for her murder until April 3, 2013, almost two years later. … Incredibly, both the April 3, 2013 arrest and the July 26 referral [for a court martial] appear to have been supported by evidence that was known or available to the Army prosecutors well before December 5, 2011, the date when Claimants’ children were murdered.”

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  • Lori

    Hatewatch tries to pit one demographic group against another. Stop dividing our country. Do you think people can’t see what you do? This tactic is what or government does to agitate foreign wars. Now you are bringing it home to The USA. Cut the propaganda.

  • MattJ

    doesn’t seem much different than what they do overseas in the middle east?

  • Tobias A. Weissman

    What a blot on our armed services. How can we trust them to guard our liberties when they are allowed to do such a heinous act!

  • Kiwiwriter

    This entire story is extremely disturbing…where was the chain of command in this unit to address the behaviors and attitudes of Aguigui and his fellow idiots?

    Not only are they seditionists and insurrectionists, they are common murderers, would-be drug-dealing gangsters, and extremely stupid and dangerous people.

    Their NCOs and officers did NOT supervise…what went on here?

  • concernedcitizen

    The families of two teenagers shot to death execution-style in the Georgia woods in 2011 by a gang of American soldiers trying to cover up their criminal enterprise and delusional plot to overthrow the government took the first step today in a $30 million wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. Army.

    I don’t believe that FEAR is limited to the military bases. But I do believe that the Army needs to start applying the no tolerance rules when it comes to being a part of subversive groups while being DOJ employees and military members.

    Which is not to say that I believe anyone should be a part of a organized home grown terrorist group, but the people that the Federal Government has direct control of are those working in Federal Jobs and who are active military members.