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LAS VEGAS – A former “skinhead girl” now nearing middle-age, wearing sensible shoes and jailhouse shackles was the star witness in a federal courtroom here Wednesday, the first day of testimony in a racially charged double murder trial 16 years in the making.
Mandie Abels, who has the words “skinhead girl” tattooed across her back, was escorted by U. S. Marshals into courtroom 7C from a prison cell where she is serving a 15-year sentence for her role in what she called “a vile deed”—leading two anti-racist skinheads to their deaths in the desert just outside of Las Vegas.
In the early morning hours of July 4, 1998 Lin Newborn, 24, and Daniel Shersty, 21 were ambushed and shot to death, prosecutors say, by four white supremacists. “They despised what the victims stood for,” federal prosecutor Patricia Sumner told the jury during opening arguments Wednesday.
The killings were a shocking escalation in the violent—but until then rarely deadly—nationwide conflict between racist skinheads and their anti-racist rivals. Newborn, who was black and worked at a popular Las Vegas body piercing shop, and Shersty, who was a white U.S Air Force airman stationed at the nearby Nellis Air Force Base, were leaders of a fledging group called Las Vegas Unity Skins. ( continue to full post… )
All 36 members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) –– a white supremacy gang indicted in a precedent setting racketeering case brought in 2012 –– have now pleaded guilty, sparing courts millions in expensive legal costs.
The last defendant to plead guilty was Rusty Eugene Duke, 32, of Dallas, Texas, who pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court in Houston. Duke, identified as an ABT “captain,” pleaded to participating in a racketeering conspiracy.
“The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas launched its murderous and racist ideology within the Texas prisons, but unleashed a violent crime wave that jumped the prison walls and spread like a virus,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
These “sweeping convictions will ensure that these ABT gang members, from generals to soldiers, spend their years in federal prison paying for their crimes, not committing new ones,” Caldwell said.
The violent, racist-based gang, operating in and outside of Texas prisons, was responsible for multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping and narcotics trafficking, according to the Justice Department. The guilty verdicts came as part of a multiple-count superseding racketeering indictment returned by a federal grand jury in October 2012 in Houston, Texas, that replaced initial charges filed in May of that year. ( continue to full post… )
A man who called Dallas police to inform them he was part of the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement even as he was engaging officers in an armed standoff was eventually arrested after taking shots at officers and locking down an upscale North Dallas neighborhood.
According to the Dallas Police Department blog, the man –– a 60-year-old Corinth resident named Douglas Lee Leguin –– began taking shots at Dallas firefighters on Monday as they arrived near the scene of a reported Dumpster fire in the well-to-do neighborhood. The firefighters were not hit and put out a call for assistance.
In short order, the Dallas SWAT team and a host of police officers descended upon the scene, and the man continued to fire shots. However, no officers were injured in the incident. Eventually, negotiators persuaded the man to surrender.
Leguin was charged with seven counts of aggravated assault. According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, he had placed a number of explosive devices around the property where he engaged police in the standoff. Those devices were defused or detonated. Reportedly, the same man had encountered a babysitter in the neighborhood with an 8-year-old girl and had threatened both of them before starting his rampage.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Leguin had called police during the standoff to tell them that he belonged to the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement, which believes that most government institutions are illegitimate, as are the laws they enforce.
Confessed murderer David “Joey” Pedersen, who killed four people including his father during a murderous rampage in 2011, says he regrets only one thing: being arrested before his racist revolution really got underway.
Pedersen, who was sentenced to two life-terms in prison on Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., offered no apologies for waging his racially motivated 10-day killing spree that started with the murders of Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Everett, Wash. Instead, the 34-year-old killer told the court that he could not sit by while “western identity is being destroyed” by other cultures.
“I offer no excuses because none are needed,” Pedersen told Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ancer Haggerty, adding that he regretted being caught “before I really got underway,” The Oregonian reported. ( continue to full post… )
As the Minuteman Project attempts to restore its influence amid what some feel is a new crisis brewing on the border, the project’s co-founder Jim Gilchrist has been barnstorming media outlets in an effort seemingly aimed at saving a public image marred by criminality as he works to rebuild the project.
On VCY America’s “Crosstalk” show Tuesday, for example, Gilchrist felt free to tell his interviewer that hundreds of thousands of Central American children were going to form the “vanguard” of a “Trojan-horse invasion” of the United States, and even sympathized with a caller who suggested gassing the children to death at the border.
But the more difficult realities of the Minutemen came during an interview with Ed Berliner, host of Newsmax’s “MidPoint” program. Rather than serve up softball questions as one might expect from the frequently far-right media outlet, Berliner challenged Gilchrist about the original incarnation of the Minutemen, noting that the movement unraveled amid “criminal charges against some of the people involved, and that includes the former leader, Chris Simcox,” who now faces trial on three counts of child molestation. ( continue to full post… )
A 40-year-old Georgia man who authorities say was part of a ring of antigovernment “sovereign citizens” squatting in high-end homes near Atlanta, claiming them as their own, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Jermaine Eric Gibson, of Atlanta, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Federal prosecutors requested a six-year sentence “to promote Gibson’s respect for the law.”
“Gibson declared that the laws do not apply to him,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracia M. King said in a sentencing memorandum. “Perhaps, this is why Gibson, a convicted felon, boldly possessed a firearm and did not hesitate to make it known to others that he possessed a firearm.”
According to court documents and trial testimony, Gibson moved into a foreclosed home in Lithonia, Ga., an upscale, gated Atlanta suburb in March 2013. He quickly declared he owned the house, valued somewhere between $300,000 and $600,000, by filing paperwork with DeKalb County officials claiming he had deeded the home to himself. ( continue to full post… )
James Sapp, the 48-year-old man accused of shooting a police officer during a traffic stop in Vancouver, Wash., on June 30, has died in what authorities are describing as a suicide in the local jail.
Sapp allegedly shot Vancouver officer Dustin Goudschall seven times after being pulled over for a traffic violation, then fled the scene, wrecked his vehicle, and then assaulted an elderly man and carjacked his vehicle before finally being caught by police and arrested. Goudschall survived his critical injuries and was able to help identify his assailant. He is currently recovering from the wounds.
On Sunday morning, deputies found Sapp in his cell attempting to commit suicide and intervened. He was rushed to an area hospital but was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m.
Sapp had a long history of claiming membership in the Aryan Brotherhood, dating back to previous arrests for other crimes. He was also involved in a 2012 case in Clark County involving an assault on a 12-year-old Latino boy and a relative.
Sapp’s family told the Vancouver Columbian through a spokesperson that even though Sapp “had a checkered background … he loved his family and wife.”
Rev. Michael Baca, the pastor of the church Sapp’s family attends, told the Columbian that Sapp’s issues seemed to have been triggered by a head injury he suffered a few years ago. Earlier this week, Sapp reportedly expressed remorse for what he had done. ( continue to full post… )
Police and FBI agents in Indiana confirm they are now investigating a group tied to Samuel L. Bradbury, who was charged in federal court this week with making terrorist threats. He has boasted of an affiliation with Jerad and Amanda Millers, the couple who killed two Las Vegas police officers.
Bradbury is accused of making Facebook threats to kill police officers and judges involved with his 2011 marijuana possession arrest and to “blow the Tippecanoe County [Indiana] Courthouse to pieces.” Police found fire-bomb components and two devices during searches.
Bradbury, 22, of Pine City, Ind., also claimed he and someone he identified only as “Ant” were part of a “cop-killing group” identified as the “765 Anarchists” – along with the Millers.
Investigators said earlier this week they “found no evidence” to support Bradbury’s Facebook claims that he ran a “cop killing” group called “765 Anarchists” or that there was any connection with the Millers.
However, an investigation by Hatewatch determined that Bradbury was part of a Facebook group called the “765 Movement,” with 97 members from the Lafayette area does exist. The group – named for the Indiana telephone area code – includes a link to an international anti-police social media group called “All Cops Are Bastards,” whose motto is “Fuck the System and Fuck the Police.”
Hatewatch also confirmed that the administrator of the “765 Movement” page on Facebook is Anthony DavidMichael Gonzales, 25, who uses the screen name “Anthony MyFriends Gonzales.” He formed the Facebook group after the Millers were involved in the June 8 killing of two Las Vegas police officers and after Bradbury was arrested.
“I can confirm that Anthony DavidMichael Gonzales is the person identified as ‘Ant’ in the posting made by his friend, Samuel Bradbury,” Detective Sgt. Matt Coddington, of the West Lafayette Police Department, told Hatewatch today.
The police investigator responded a day after he was provided with information about Gonzales and the 765 group by Hatewatch. ( continue to full post… )
A Washington state man with a long criminal history of legal entanglements – and who has claimed in the past to be affiliated with the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood prison gang – allegedly shot and critically wounded a local police officer Monday in Vancouver, Wash., during a routine traffic stop.
James Todd Sapp, 47, of Vancouver was arraigned this week on charges of attempted murder, robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm after he reportedly opened fire on Vancouver police officer Dustin Goudschal, a six-year veteran who had pulled Sapp and a companion over in the black pickup Sapp was driving.
Sapp reportedly drove away after the shooting and wrecked the pickup a short distance away. His companion, another Vancouver resident named Timothy Plantenburg, told police he caused the wreck by grabbing the steering wheel, and that Sapp fired his gun at him as he fled the scene.
According to the police, Sapp then attempted to carjack a vehicle belonging to an elderly man, who resisted the robbery attempt and was aided by passersby. Sapp nonetheless was able to drive away in the man’s vehicle, and police caught up to him and arrested him a short time later.
Sapp has a long criminal record, including six prior felony convictions. He has claimed to be a member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang.
One of his previous run-ins with the law included a 2012 case in Clark County where Sapp allegedly assaulted a 12-year-old boy. The boy told a relative, who confronted Sapp, who allegedly punched the man in the face, breaking his nose, and called him a “stupid (expletive) Mexican.” ( continue to full post… )
A Louisiana businessman faces up to a year in jail and a maximum $100,000 fine after admitting in federal court Wednesday that he assaulted two black women working as Hurricane Isaac relief workers in 2012.
Josh Jambon, 52, of Grand Isle, La., pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two counts of federal civil rights violations. Sentencing was set for October.
The boat rental and offshore-supply company owner admitted assaulting two female African-American Hurricane Isaac relief workers on Sept. 18, 2012, because of their race and because of their employment status. The assault was caught on video.
Today on Facebook, the businessman admitted “I lost my cool” before responding to what he described as a “media blitz of my episode.”
In the post laced with misspellings, Jambon said:
i have family and friends of different race and IM FIRM when i say im NOT a Racist !!! i will argue till im dead that im not a Racist.. I look for no recognition for what i do for the schools , private help , adavancement of people that want to get ahead in life . I challange anyone to attempt to do what ive done for minority orphanges in west africe [sic] as well as with in the US. Yes , i used racial comments but only after i was attacked with racial slurs.
His posting continued:
I stand on my story of TRUTH and Honesty.. The TRUE story will come out in the end and the liberals of the world will say im a liar. i travel the world and believe me there is another side to the story that the US media never presents . I hold truth to the honesty of the fFederal Government that they will handel [sic] this correctly and with dignity regardless of my white race.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Jambon was upset about damage to his property that he believed had been caused by a different crew and asked to speak to a supervisor. ( continue to full post… )