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The Blotter

Updates on extremists and their legal troubles.

The couple who made up the South Carolina chapter of the racist skinhead group Crew 41, Jeremy and Christine Moody, laughed, kissed and boasted that they’d do it again as they were each handed two consecutive life terms for the July 2013 murders of a registered sex offender and his wife in Jonesville. The year-old group, also called Die Auserwählten (German for  Chosen Few), is known for its members’ violence.

MAY 12
Keith Luke, who was serving two consecutive life terms for a racist 2009 murder spree that left two people in Brockton, Mass., dead and a woman critically injured, died in what appeared to be his fourth suicide attempt. Luke, a neo-Nazi who carved a swastika into his own forehead while awaiting trial, killed his victims because they were black and was planning to murder Orthodox Jews when he was captured. 

Sami Osmakac, a Kosovo-born American Muslim who threatened “a second 9/11,” was convicted in Tampa, Fla.,of possessing an unregistered weapon and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction to avenge the deaths of Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders. Prosecutors said that Osmakac was gathering weapons to bomb a local pub, take hostages and exchange them for Islamist prisoners held by the United States, and blow himself up with a suicide vest as police closed in.

Police and FBI agents in Tremonton, Utah, arrested John Huggins, 47, for allegedly plotting to assassinate two police officers and bomb the local police department and nearby bridges in a bid to spark an antigovernment uprising. Huggins, who kept logs of police activity and in whose home explosive materials and one device were found, was described by his wife as a “survivalist” and explosives enthusiast.

AUG. 14
The last of 36 indicted members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas pleaded guilty in a major racketeering case brought against the ultra-violent white supremacist prison gang in 2012. Officials said those who pleaded in Texas’ Southern District include the five “generals” who run the gang that is known for murders, kidnappings, drug trafficking and more. The pleas capped a six-year effort that led to a total of 73 convictions in five federal districts in Texas, decimating the gang’s leadership.

AUG. 19
Joseph Caleca of Setauket on Long Island, N.Y., was charged with attempted murder as a hate crime after allegedly attacking a Sikh man in Ozone Park, Queens. Officials said that Caleca confronted Sandeep Singh as he spoke with friends, calling him a “f------ Osama” and then running him over with his pickup truck. Singh was dragged for more than 30 feet and suffered internal injuries and other wounds.

SEPT. 10
Shannon Maureen Conley, a 19-year-old Colorado convert to Islam, pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to support a foreign terrorist organization. Conley was arrested in April as she attempted to board a plane in Denver for the first leg of a trip to Syria, where she planned to marry a 32-year-old Tunisian fighter she met on the Internet and become a jihadist working for the ISIS terrorist group.

SEPT. 12
A jury in Orlando, Fla., found Bill White, an infamous neo-Nazi who was already serving time for threatening a whole array of enemies, guilty of sending death threats to officials involved in the case against members of the American Front, a white supremacist group whose compound was raided in May 2012. White, previously an official with the National Socialist Movement and, later, founder of the American National Socialist Workers Party, faced a possible term of decades in prison.

SEPT. 12
A Kissimmee, Fla., jury convicted Marcus Faella, a leader of the racist skinhead group American Front, on two counts of illegal paramilitary training in connection with his alleged plans to attack an anti-racist group and eventually engage in a race war. Faella was one of more than a dozen people arrested in a raid on his Osceola County compound, which was fitted with firing ports and gun entrenchments. Most of those cases were eventually dismissed. Faella faces up to 30 years in prison.