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Greenbelt, Maryland — Two neo-Nazi group members intended to engage in terrorist activity before FBI agents arrested them prior to a progun rally in Virginia, a federal judge said Monday. I concluded.
Judge Theodore Chuan’s decision in the US District Court to apply “strengthening terrorism” to men’s decisions both uphold the prosecutor’s recommendation that he be sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Chuan heard completely different portraits of the two defendants while preparing to sentence them in separate hearings on Thursday in a federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Prosecutors plan to carry out a white supremacist-inspired slaughter by Canadian Army reserve Patrik Jordan Mathews and U.S. military veteran Brian Marc Remley Jr. He said he was. Defense lawyer invites two “damaged military veterans” to plan violence at a January 2020 gun rights rally at Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia The secret investigator said he tried in vain.
FBI agents have arrested Remley and Matthews, and The Base, a third member of the white supremacist group. This group was a major supporter of “accelerationism,” a fringe philosophy that advocated the use of large-scale violence to accelerate the collapse of society.
Lemley and Mathews pleaded guilty to gun charges in June. They were not charged with violent crimes.
“It doesn’t really matter what the specific motivation was,” Chuan said. “But the idea that they intended to replace the US government is related to this enhancement.”
Prosecutors call them domestic terrorists preparing for the civil war, discuss how to expel racist South Carolina mass murderer Dylann Roof from the death penalty, and talk about the assassination of Virginia parliamentarians. bottom.
The court probation office calculated the range of sentencing guidelines for 33 to 41 months in both cases. Lemley’s lawyer seeks imprisonment within these guidelines, and Mathews lawyer seeks 33 months’ imprisonment.
Chuang is not bound by any of these recommendations.
Defendant lawyers said undercover agents who visited Lemley and Matthews in a Delaware apartment nine days before the rally tried to seduce them to plan for Virginia. Defendant lawyers said the weekend before the Virginia rally, the two men decided to go see other members of the Michigan base instead.
The FBI has installed surveillance cameras and microphones in its Delaware apartment. The prosecution also recorded that surveillance equipment was discussing intentions to kill federal agents, destroy railroads and power lines, and derail trains, the prosecution said.
“It’s more than just a lazy story,” said US federal prosecutor Thomas Wyndham on Monday. “There is a central purpose of why they want to do these things.”
Defendant lawyer Ned Smock said Remley, an Army combat veteran who worked in Iraq, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home. According to Smock, Remley fell into a “black hole” of conspiracy theory and propaganda during the dark of his life.
However, the defense lawyer said the hundreds of hours of conversation recorded by the FBI did not capture any evidence that Remley and Matthew planned or intended to carry out a terrorist attack.
“Everything is stream of consciousness,” Smock said. “Ideas come up. They are discarded and never come up again.”
“The government wants you to make a big leap of faith,” said Joseph Balter, one of Matthews’ lawyers.
Matthew and Remley have pleaded guilty to illegal transportation of firearms and obstruction of justice, alleging that FBI agents destroyed their cell phones when they attacked the apartment.
A third co-defendant, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in December for helping Matthew illegally invade the United States from Canada in 2019.
The proceedings against the three men indicted in Maryland were part of a broader investigation of the base. In January 2020, Georgia and Wisconsin authorities arrested four other men associated with the group.
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