KKK Leader Convicted for Trying to Blow Up Sheriff
Charles Robert Barefoot upset over Mule Days parade, nightclub
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 28, 2012 12:38 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A Ku Klux Klan leader from North Carolina has been convicted on weapons and explosive charges related to a plot to blow up his county sheriff. A jury convicted Charles Robert Barefoot Jr. of Benson on six felony counts this week, including conspiracy, possession of stolen guns, and receipt of explosives with intent to kill.

Prosecutors said the 49-year-old Klansman wanted to kill Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell, whom he blamed for the failure of his nightclub, the Enchanted Barn. Barefoot also blamed Bizzell for the Klan not being permitted to march in the town's annual Mule Days parade. According to trial testimony, Barefoot acquired powerful explosives and planned to boat down the Neuse River at night to plant a bomb at the sheriff's office without being seen.

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793tango
Sep 30, 2012 10:45 AM CDT
But.....he's just a loyal patriotic American trying to protect his rights from the big bad 'gummint thugs'.
HANKHILL
Sep 29, 2012 8:27 AM CDT
nothing new here move along. this is just another dumb kkk story.
Doctor-Zaius
Sep 28, 2012 6:31 PM CDT
Is this an article from the Onion?