Additional federal charges have been filed against members of a Fairbanks based militia group. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage has indicted Peacemaker’s militia leader Schaefer Cox, and members Coleman Barney and Lonnie Vernon on charges of conspiracy to kill federal officers and employees. The offense is punishable by up to life in prison. Cox, Barney and Vernon already face federal charges for possessing illegal weapons, including grenades, related to their militia activities.
State charges against the militia members were dropped last fall after it was ruled the state did not have the proper search warrants for use of F.B.I. recordings as evidence.
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