A United States judge sentenced two neo-Nazis to nine years in prison on Oct. 28 for plotting to bring down the U.S. government and instigate a race war.
U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang handed nine-year prison sentences to U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley and former Canadian Army reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews, followed by three years of supervised release for firearms and alien-related charges.
Chuang found that the defendants, who are members of racially motivated violent extremist group The Base, committed the crimes with the intent to promote federal terrorism.
Video surveillance cameras in the defendants’ homes in Delaware recorded them planning to use a pro-gun rally in Richmond, Virginia last year to orchestrate the collapse of the U.S. government.
Investigators also found several videos of Mathews, who previously admitted to illegally entering the U.S., espousing violent, anti-Semitic, and racist language.
Several of the videos discussed killing people to benefit “the movement,” according to court documents.
The court documents further said that the defendants also discussed breaking a convicted mass murderer out of a jail in Indiana, as well as plans to derail railway lines and shut down highways and roads.
“These individuals had a mission to terrorize and harm innocent people, and destroy infrastructure to cause chaos, all in an effort to advance their White nationalist beliefs. They spent months obtaining firearms and ammunition in preparation to execute it,” Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Acting Special Agent in Charge L.C. Cheeks Jr. said in a statement.
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