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A recently concluded criminal case in Nevada details how a teenager and aspiring U.S. Marine amassed an arsenal of weapons, built bombs, talked about shooting school kids, disparaged women and formed a militia cell.
Steven Matthew Fernandes, 19, was sentenced yesterday in Las Vegas to 15 months in prison for possessing an illegal firearm – a homemade bomb – as part of a plea bargain that saw prosecutors dismiss two other charges. The teen avoided an “exceptional sentence” and what could have been several years in prison.
In entering his guilty plea two months ago, Fernandes confessed to transporting and exploding his homemade bombs in Nevada, Utah and Arizona.
His attorney, Crystal Eller, argued in court filings that Fernandes was “brainwashed” while attending a military preparedness school, D.O.A. Tactical, based in St. George, Utah, about 120 miles from Las Vegas.
But the owner of the business, Brent Roberts, told Hatewatch those arguments are “outrageous falsehoods.”
“This young man was heading down this road long before he and his mother enrolled in our courses,” Roberts said. “This kid’s problems rest in the family setting.” ( continue to full post… )
Looks like Mark Kessler, the gun-crazed militia leader and police chief of Gilberton, Pa., has found himself a new compatriot. Sometime recently, Kessler posted on the homepage of chiefkessler.com a picture of himself with James Yeager, another antigovernment nut who is also into weapons.
You may remember Kessler, who posted videos to YouTube filled with angry antigovernment rants that became something of an Internet sensation last month. One of the videos that went viral had him talking about conspiracy theories involving the United Nations and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. In another, Kessler offers basic firearms lessons, using a target of a clown he says represents Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The Gilberton Borough Council suspended him earlier this month.
So it’s not surprising Kessler would hook up with Yeager, who went on his own crazed antigovernment rant after new gun regulations were considered by Congress and the White House in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting late last year. Yeager, who owns Tactical Response and Tactical Response Gear Inc., based in Camden, Tenn., had said on a YouTube video posted early this year that if President Obama used executive orders to ban assault rifles, “I’m going to start killing people.”
Perhaps we have a budding government-hating bromance on our hands.
Federal jurors convicted an alleged militia member from Parma, Ohio, of illegally possessing firearms and submitting false forms to the Internal Revenue Service. Karl Herrington, 59, was found guilty in a Detroit federal court of two counts of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the administration of the IRS, and one count each of filing false tax forms and being a felon in possession of firearms. Herrington’s wife, Jeanne, is currently in a Michigan prison and will do time in federal prison for similar offenses.
A Maryland teenager secretly arrested by the FBI for allegedly conspiring with the woman from the Philadelphia suburbs known as Jihad Jane also spoke of a Columbine-style plot with a Pittsburgh-area friend, Emerson Begolly, in a jihadist chat room. Begolly, a former neo-Nazi from New Bethlehem, Pa., has pleaded guilty to using the chat room to solicit terrorists to use explosives and propane tanks to target police stations and railways.
Former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and associate Antoine Mackey were sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men in 2007. Bey IV is due back in court next month to set a trial date for a separate case in which he is charged with killing two women and torturing one of them in a failed attempt to learn where a drug dealer hid money.
Five teens were arrested and charged after a shot was fired outside of an Orleans County, N.Y. mosque Monday night as worshipers were leaving nightly Ramadan services. According to members of the mosque in Waterport, they had been repeatedly harassed since the mosque was founded in 1974. Things escalated last Monday night after prayer services, when a speeding vehicle allegedly swerved directly into a group of worshipers and a shot was allegedly fired from the vehicle before the car sped away.
The judge of the trial of alleged Spokane MLK Day bomber Kevin W. Harpham has ruled that details of his anti-Semitic views are inadmissible as evidence. Harpham, 37, is charged with allegedly planting a backpack full of explosives on the route of the Spokane MLK Day parade, which was found before it could be detonated. Harpham was affiliated with the neo-Nazi National Alliance, and had posted messages on extremist websites.
A Utah prisoner with white supremacist ties is planning to marry a mixed-race woman as proof of his not being racist. Curtis Allgier, 31, is accused of shooting a prison guard as he escorted Allgier to a medical facility and escaping from prison. Allgier, who is covered with white supremacist tattoos, says his marriage to the woman proves that his connections are not indicative of his true beliefs.
An attorney for members of the Alaska Peacemaker Militia on trial for conspiracy to commit murder is disputing the validity of the evidence against his clients in the face of a possible gag order. Tim Dooley is questioning photographic and audio evidence that links his clients to weapons and plans to kill and capture state officials. He is also questioning the credibility of a federal witness to the plot. The prosecution is seeking to prevent Dooley from speaking to the press about the evidence or his view of the trial.
A second person has been charged with a hate crime in the July assault of a Pakistani woman in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Sheree Ann Saboteur, 38, was arrested for her role in harassing and beating the victim because of her ethnicity.
A Texas white supremacist responsible for an anti-Muslim shooting spree faces execution on Wednesday. Mark Stroman, 41, is currently on death row for a series of revenge attacks in the days after the 9/11 terror attacks that killed two South Asian men and wounded another. The surviving victim, a Bangladeshi Muslim, is asking for Storman’s sentence to be commuted to life in prison.
One of the defendants convicted for the murder of an Arizona man and his daughter has been sentenced to life in prison. Albert Gaxiola, along with two others, entered the home of Junior Flores pretending to be Border Patrol agents and shot Flores, his wife (who survived), and their daughter Brisenia. Two of the defendants have received the death penalty, but the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on a death sentence for Gaxiola.
A member of the Hutaree Militia has been deemed unfit for trial due to mental problems. Jacob Ward, 34, has been indicted, along with nine others, for an antigovernment plot to kill police officers. Judge Victoria Roberts stated that Ward suffers from a mental defect, and is unable to understand the charges he faces.
The hunt for a militia leader has been temporarily halted after the suspect disappeared into the Montana woods. David Burgert, 47, a former Marine and the leader of the Project 7 militia was released in 2010 after eight years in prison for illegal firearms possession. Last June, Burgert led law enforcement on a chase, before shooting at the officers and fleeing into the woods. Local authorities plan to continue the search when new leads arise.
Police in Cherry Hill, N.J., have upgraded charges over a series of vandalisms against local Christian sites to a hate crime. In the course of a week, six cases of vandalism have taken place against Christian shrines, including one instance in which more than 30 statues were damaged at a church. Police are still searching for the suspect.
An Illinois man who claimed to be a part of a militia sleeper cell has pleaded guilty to possession of illegal firearms and threatening his wife. Lowell Aughenbaugh, 48, had threatened to injure his wife, with whom he is in divorce proceedings. A search of the home of Aughenbaugh’s father revealed nearly 91 guns, including 15 classified as machine guns. Aughenbaugh is already under indictment for making a terrorist threat related to an ATF search of his business which prompted a 12-hour standoff with agents.
A New York woman was the victim of a hate crime according to Niagara Falls Police. Two women reportedly assaulted a woman of Pakistani origin while calling her ethnic and racial slurs. One woman has been arrested, while police are searching for the other.
Holy cow! Another sinister plot by our government to enslave citizens has been unearthed by fans of radio talk show conspiracist Alex Jones. This one entails livestock. The Austin, Texas-based Jones posted a short news item on his Infowars.com website on Sunday about plans by officials in Oklahoma and Kansas to stage an emergency response exercise on Thursday to stop livestock movement in the event of a disease outbreak. “The exercise is not surprisingly funded by the Department of Homeland Security,” Infowars noted darkly.
The plan is for the two states to coordinate efforts to stop animal movement across their shared border to prevent the spread of disease to healthy animals. In the exercise, officials will try to prevent animals in their states from contracting hoof-and-mouth disease. The disease was last identified in the United States in 1929. While it poses no real threat to humans, it’s a highly contagious disease of cattle, sheep, swine, goats, deer and other cloven-hooved animals that causes painful blisters that make it difficult for them to eat and walk. An outbreak could be painful to the economies of Kansas and Oklahoma.
Thursday’s exercise will include the screening of traffic at two border locations: Near Sitka, Kan., and near Turpin, Okla. That has Infowars readers as nervous as pigs in a barbecue joint.
“The County Sheriffs in those states should EXERCISE THEIR POWER to ARREST ANY GOV’T THUGS WHO INTEREFERE WITH COMMERCE,” Underdog wrote.
“you can put alot of people in those cattle trucks. And the holes in the sides can be boarded up so you will not be able to see where they are taking you. My guess will be right to the insinerators,” warned longrange223.
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