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Instead of going to trial on multiple federal charges, Kirby K. Kehoe, 65, and his 37-year-old son, Cheyne, struck plea deals with federal prosecutors, with each pleading guilty to a single count before Magistrate Judge Michelle H. Burns. The elder Kehoe pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and his son to being a felon in possession of firearms.
The Kehoes are best known for the exploits of Cheyne Kehoe and his brother, Chevie, who is still serving a life term for his leadership of a terrorist cell called the Aryan Republican Army. Both were involved in shootouts with police, and Chevie led the gang in the torture-murder of a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl who was smothered to death after being shocked with a cattle prod.
As part of the plea bargains, four other federal felony charges will be dismissed against Kirby Kehoe and three will be dismissed against Cheyne Kehoe, court documents show. The judge ordered background reports on both defendants and set sentencing for mid-May. Under the deal, Kirby Kehoe faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, and his son faces the low-end of the sentencing guideline range, probably about five years.
The pair, who have been affiliated with a series of white supremacist groups, were arrested last Oct. 14 when agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives raided an “off-the-grid compound” 140 miles north of Phoenix, near Ash Fork, Ariz. Kehoe and his son were indicted on Nov. 6 by a grand jury in Phoenix. ( continue to full post… )
White robes, hoods, a makeshift pulpit in the basement, an 8- to 10-foot-high cross in the yard and numerous pieces of white supremacist, anti-government and Christian Identity literature.
Those are among the items discovered by investigators from the Boone County Sheriff’s office when they raided the rural Arkansas home Monday morning of a 61-year-old man wanted for drug offenses and sexual assault allegations involving a 13-year-old girl.
The man, Floyd Melton Lewis, was taken into custody at about 10 AM at his home just outside of the tiny town of Zinc, Ark., the headquarters of the Knights Party, once among the largest Ku Klux Klan groups in the country.
But the Harrison Daily Times, which first reported the raid and arrest, said investigators told the paper that Lewis was not associated with the Knights Party.
Lewis has a telephone number listed in his name for the Ku Klux Klan, LLC. Today, the number went straight to voicemail, which directed callers to a website where KKK paraphernalia could be purchased.
The Boone County sheriff, Mike Moore, told Hatewatch today that his department was initially asked several days ago to assist the Arkansas State Police investigating a crime against children case. A tip had come in, according to the Daily Times, that Lewis was growing marijuana in his home, selling prescription medications and allegedly taking naked pictures of the 13-year-old.
Sheriff Moore said investigators removed the girl from Lewis’ home last week. “She was taken to safety,” the sheriff said. Lewis, however, was not arrested at that time.
“We felt there was enough,” Moore said, “and decided to pay him another visit.” ( continue to full post… )
Infamous racist August Byron Kreis III, who once led a faction of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations in order “to save the white race,” has been arrested again — this time on six counts of sexually abusing children in South Carolina.
The 59-old-year-old white supremacist, whose racist theology of Christian Identity disparages Jews and minorities, was taken into custody Wednesday in Richland County, S.C., and is now being held without bond in the Alvin Glenn Detention Center in Columbia.
He is charged in Richland County with one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 and one count disseminating obscene material to a minor 12 years old or younger. Kreis also is charged in Lexington County, S.C., with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and in Kershaw County, S.C., with one count of that same crime.
It wasn’t immediately clear exactly how many child victims are involved in the six felony counts lodged against Kreis in the three South Carolina counties.
The newest investigation of Kreis’ activities started Feb. 3, when a woman contacted the Richland County Sheriff’s Office and reported that her daughter, whose age wasn’t provided by authorities, had been sexually assaulted. ( continue to full post… )
There were at least 75 people packed into a library meeting room for the event but not one black person, according to Patty Methvin of the Harrison Community Task Force on Race Relations – a 10-year-old organization, which includes the Mayor of Harrison, the police chief and the head of the chamber of commerce, working mightily to improve race relations and the city’s racially charged image.
“Fourteen racial patriots,” about half of them Knights Party members, filed into the meeting room just before the 5:30 p.m. starting time, Billy Roper, the notorious neo-Nazi son and grandson of a Klansman, said today in a post on the racist web forum Stormfront.
They went, Roper said, “to counter the Anti-White agenda of the ‘Community Task Force on Race Relations,’ which held their Black History Month presentation and hosted an NPR Jewess as a speaker.”
“We easily had the Antis matched, if not outnumbered,” Roper said. “I relished being able to be the first one present to put on my bright yellow ‘Anti-Racist Is A Code Word For Anti-White’ sticker and staring down the anti-White Mayor.”
The subject line on Roper’s post was “Klan vs. Antis Tues. Night.”
Jeff Crockett, the mayor of Harrison, which is 95 percent white, sighed deeply when he heard about Roper’s account. “That’s total BS about us being outnumbered,” Crockett told Hatewatch today. “There were close to 100 people there and almost everybody had come for the presentation and to commemorate Black History Month.” ( continue to full post… )
John Christian Parks was determined to prove that the Forest Service rangers who arrested him while smoking meth and firing off rifles out in the woods with his buddies had made an “illegal gun grab” when they confiscated his weapon. But what he accidentally wound up proving instead is just how easy it is for convicted felons to ignore federal laws prohibiting them from owning guns.
Parks, a 38-year-old white supremacist from western Washington state, was busted in March 2013 with several of his friends when Forest Service officers encountered them at a clearing in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The officers let Parks go on his own recognizance, but confiscated methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, along with his rifles. According to a detailed account by Levi Pulkkinen in Seattlepi.com, Parks began leaving phone messages demanding his guns and body armor back from the officers within days of his arrest.
That in turn spurred the interest of federal firearms agents, since Parks was a well-known felon – in fact, he had eight prior convictions. In 2004, while in King County jail on drug charges, Parks had briefly escaped by dashing out a jailhouse door and onto the street. Parks was free for several hours before he was surrounded by a crowd of concerned citizens and returned to custody.
So the agents went to Parks’ home in Belfair – a rural locale at the headwaters of the Hood Canal – a few weeks after the encounter in the forest. There, they discovered a large cache of weapons and ammunition — in all, there were eight guns, including four assault-style weapons. They also found a veritable library of white-supremacist literature, most of it produced by the racist Christian Identity movement, which preaches a brand of religion based on the idea that white people are the true Children of Israel, Jews are literally the spawn of the devil, and other races are subhuman, soulless “mud people.” ( continue to full post… )
A father and his son who share extremist views, a dislike for the law and a love of illegal firearms were arraigned today in Phoenix on a seven-count federal indictment that could send them back to federal prison for 10 years.
Trial was set for Jan. 7 before U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow.
Kirby K. Kehoe, 65, and Cheyne C. Kehoe, 37, were arrested Oct. 14 after heavily armed federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raided what they now describe as an “off-the-grid compound” 140 miles north of Phoenix. What they found, court documents disclose, was a commercial-grade marijuana operation.
Cheyne Kehoe was part of a major white supremacist group, the Aryan Peoples Republic, that his brother Chevie led and that worked in the 1990s to carve an all-white nation out of the United States. Cheyne, who was convicted of lesser charges in that plot, was released in 2008. Chevie is still serving a life sentence in connection with the murder of an entire Arkansas family, including an 8-year-old girl, the killing of a romantic rival, and other charges. Their father, Kirby Kehoe, was convicted of related weapons charges in the case. ( continue to full post… )
Two members of a notoriously violent, racist family are once again in federal custody following a raid at a remote Arizona ranch where federal agents found a large cache of weapons and ammunition.
Kirby K. Kehoe, 65, and his son, Cheyne C. Kehoe, 37 — who once shot it out with police in Ohio and, with his still-imprisoned older brother, plotted to create an all-white “Aryan Peoples Republic” — are being held without bond in Flagstaff on federal charges of being felons in possession of firearms and ammunition. Additional counts could be filed when the case is presented to a federal grand jury for indictment. ( continue to full post… )
Confessed serial killer Israel Keyes committed suicide in an Alaska jail cell last weekend by slitting his wrist with a disposable razor and strangling himself with a sheet tied between his neck and extended foot, authorities say.
Before killing himself, the 34-year-old man, who was exposed to Christian Identity white supremacy beliefs and a survivalist lifestyle as a teenager, confessed to killing an Anchorage barista, a Vermont couple and five others he coyly didn’t identify. ( continue to full post… )
A confessed serial killer and bank robber who took his own life in an Alaska jail cell on Sunday was exposed to the racist and anti-Semitic beliefs of Christian Identity theology during his childhood in a rural corner of Washington state, Hatewatch has learned.
Israel Keyes, 34, now linked to at least eight murders throughout the United States in the past 11 years, was a childhood friend and neighbor in Stevens County, Wash., of terrorists Chevie and Cheyne Kehoe — two racist brothers now serving lengthy prison sentences for murder and attempted murder. ( continue to full post… )
By Friday, jurors are expected to begin weighing the evidence against a Texas murder suspect allegedly linked to Kingdom Identity Ministries, a racist, anti-Semitic group that opposes mixing of the races. Defendant Mark Simmons of Buda told an investigating officer that the victim, his friend Steven Woelfel, deserved to die because he had a Mexican girlfriend, according to testimony in the Hays County trial.
Simmons contended that after years of the U.S. government spying on him, he was in a paranoid mental state at the time of the killing, according to the San Marcos Mercury. He testified that he accidentally shot the 55-year-old Woelfel in his friend’s home in April 2010 and let the body sit for a week before setting a fire that burned it beyond recognition. In addition to murder, he’s charged with arson and tampering with evidence. ( continue to full post… )