Right-wing extremist convicted of plotting to overthrow government of West Virginia
Thomas David Deegan, 39, was found guilty on one count of making a terrorist threat on Friday, after the 12-member jury deliberated for only an hour. He faces 1 to 3 years in prison and a fine of $5,000 to $25,000 when he is sentenced, in April…
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Deegan intended to “remove several state government leaders from their offices, charge them with treason and replace them with sovereign citizens. After apparently setting up a sovereign citizen-style court system, those found guilty of treason would be put to death.”
He also discussed sending armed militants to local police departments.
“We are at war,” Deegan said during one of the conference calls, according to the criminal complaint.