Alaska militia leader to be re-sentenced for conspiracy to murder federal officers

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A Fairbanks man who made headlines years ago for conspiring to murder federal officials will his charges re-sentenced following a court of appeals decision.

Militia leader Schaeffer Cox, a guns rights activist and sovereign citizen ideologist, was convicted in 2012 for his role in an armed conspiracy to murder federal officials.

He was sentenced to serve almost 26 years in prison, but subsequently appealed the ruling on one count, solicitation to murder a federal officer.

The appeal was made on the grounds that, although Cox believed federal assassins were being sent by the government to kill him, those agents did not exist, and thus he couldn't solicit his security team to murder them.

That appeal was denied by the Supreme Court of the United States this summer, among the more than 150 petitions to the court rejected without explanation.

The 9th Circuit, however, upheld the appeal, overturning the murder solicitation conviction but upholding his other convictions last year.

Now, a date has been slated for Cox, who is already serving time in federal prison, to be re-sentenced by the trial judge in his case, Robert Bryan, on May 30, 2019, in Tacoma, Washington.

Cox will have to wait until May to see what impact the appeal had, and if any time will be shaved off his sentence.



 
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