Florida Man Arrested for Hatecrime Retweeted Nazi Messages
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Three more people with ties to what authorities described as a white supremacist group were in jail Tuesday on felony hate crime and conspiracy charges, bringing to 10 the number of arrests from a FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) operation.
Authorities said they arrested 27-year-old Christopher Brooks, 21-year-old Dustin Perry and 23-year-old Richard Stockdale late Monday. Like seven others arrested last week in a multi-agency investigation, all three were charged with paramilitary training, attempt to shoot into an occupied dwelling and evidence of prejudices while committing offense, a first-degree felony.
It is a felony in Florida to participate in paramilitary training for use “in furtherance of, a civil disorder within the United States.” The “prejudices” charge falls under Florida’s hate crimes law.
The arrests were made following an investigation by the JTTF in partnership with local law enforcement and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) with the assistance of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Cloud Police Department.
The seven others arrested include: Marcus Faella, 39; Patricia Faella, 36; Mark McGowan, 29; Jennifer McGowan, 25; Diane Stevens, 28; Kent McLellan, 22; and Paul Jackson, 25.
I noticed one of the members seems to have a Twitter account, and retweeted Nazi messages. I wanted to document these while they’re still up:
@ANP14 Truthfully just a few diffrences on whats considerd industry
— Kent Ryan Mclellan (@KentMcLellan) December 13, 2011