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Alaska Militia Leader Gets 25 Years

Schaeffer Cox blames paranoia for threats against feds
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2013 11:25 PM CST

(Newser) – A militia leader in Alaska found guilty of plotting to murder federal law enforcement officials has been sentenced to 25 years and 10 months in federal prison. Schaeffer Cox, the 28-year-old leader of the "Alaska Peacemakers Militia," could have gotten life for his nine federal weapons and conspiracy convictions, the Anchorage Daily News reports. A co-defendant who threatened to kill the chief federal judge in Alaska got the same sentence.

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Cox, who is married with two young children, told the court that he was paranoid when he outlined a plan to kill judges and police officers to militia members—including a government informant. "The more scared I got, the crazier the things I started saying. I wasn't thinking, I was panicking," he said. "I lost all of my composure and created a horrible mess and you know, if I was the FBI, I would've investigated me too—I don't blame them for that. I don't blame anybody but myself for starting this." (Read more Schaeffer Cox stories.)

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