Alaska Militiamen Arrested in Conspiracy to Kill Police & Judge
Five Fairbanks, Alaska area residents were arrested yesterday on charges of plotting to kill state troopers and a judge, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Francis “Schaeffer” Cox, Lonnie Vernon, Karen Vernon, Coleman Barney and Michael Anderson stand accused of conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, arson, weapons misconduct, hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence, according to a statement from Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters.
Peters’ statement said that an investigation “revealed extensive plans to kidnap or kill Alaska state troopers and a Fairbanks judge,” with “extensive surveillance” on the homes of two Fairbanks troopers part of the plot. “Furthermore, Cox et. al. had acquired a large cache of weapons in order to carry out attacks against their targeted victims. Some of the weapons known to be in the cache are prohibited by state or federal law.”
The arrested five are all either members of right-wing militias or the “sovereign citizen” movement, which posits that all Americans are sovereigns, and as such, not required to obey laws unless not doing do would directly harm other sovereigns.
Francis “Schaeffer” Cox, age 26, is head of the Alaska Peacekeepers Militia. According to the Fairbanks Daily-News Miner and Crooks and Liars, Cox threatened an Alaska State Trooper following a court hearing last December. He told the officer that his militia “outmanned” and “outgunned” police, and that he “could probably have you all dead in one night.”
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