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Talking Points Memo: Feds: Alaska Militia Members Also Plotted To Kill An IRS Employee

March 18, 2011- The U.S. Attorney for Alaska has announced new federal charges, including conspiracy to kill an IRS employee, against four of the five militia members arrested in Fairbanks, Alaska last week. The militia members allegedly stockpiled weapons as part of a plot to kill multiple Alaska State Troopers and a federal judge.

Last week, Lonnie Vernon was the only militia member indicted on federal charges, for allegedly threatening to murder U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline and one of his family members. The new charges, announced yesterday, will replace the old ones, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

One of the new charges alleges that Lonnie Vernon's wife, Karen Vernon, threatened to kill Beistline as well. Judge Beistline had been presiding over the Vernons' tax evasion case. The charges also allege the Vernons plotted to kill an IRS agent, also likely related to the court case over $165,000 in taxes, interest and penalties that the government says they owe.

The second indictment alleges that Schaeffer Cox, the leader of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia, Lonnie Vernon and Coleman Barney conspired to possess illegal weapons. Cox is also accused of illegally possessing a Sten sub-machine gun and a silencer.

"The federal charges are not about anybody being a militia member or not being a militia member," U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said Thursday, according to the News-Miner.



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