Three WCOTC members plead guilty in the assault and robbery of a video store owner.
Three members of the neo-Nazi World Church of the Creator (WCOTC) have pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges in the pistol-whipping and robbery of a Broward County, Fla., video store owner.
One of the three, who face up to 40 years in prison when they are sentenced, told prosecutors that the group had justified the attack on the Jewish businessman with The Turner Diaries, a white supremacist novel by neo-Nazi leader William Pierce (see The Alliance and its Allies).
Investigators say the group planned to use part of their loot to finance WCOTC's activities. A fourth defendant, Raymond Leone, 18, still faces trial in the case.
Leone and WCOTC Florida state director Jules Fettu, 25, also are awaiting trial on state hate crime charges in the brutal beating of a black man and his son outside a concert in Sunrise, Fla. Former WCOTC southeast regional director Guy Lombardi, 35, has pleaded guilty to trying to intimidate a witness in connection with the Sunrise case.