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The Sentinel: Police: Stolen guns were to be used to overthrow the government

July 31, 2010- Raymond Franklin Peake III told investigators that "he would kill to defend his country and he was stealing weapons to defend his country," court documents read.

The Hampden Township man is in Cumberland County Prison without bail after being charged with homicide Saturday. Police said one of the weapons Peake, 64, stole resulted in the July 21 shooting death of lawyer Todd Getgen, 42, of Enola.

Thomas Franklin Tuso, 34, of Duncannon, was charged with receiving stolen property, theft and other charges in connection with the incident.

Both were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Charles A. Clement Jr. Saturday.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Aug. 9 before Magisterial District Judge Paula Correal.

Both Peake and Tuso are correction officers at State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill, a spokesperson confirmed Saturday.

"When something like this happens, they are suspended without pay," said Susan McNaughton, the state department of corrections press secretary.

Peake told police he had been stealing guns for an organization that is collecting firearms to overthrow the federal government, court documents say. Peake also told police that he and Tuso are members of the organization, but refused to give its name.



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