- A Canadian neo-Nazi worked to recruit people for a white supremacist group called The Base in 2019.
- Patrik Mathews and US Army veteran Brian Lemley Jr. were sentenced to 9 years in prison on Thursday.
- Mathews and Lemley were arrested in January 2020 for conspiring to attack the Virginia State Capitol.
A Canadian neo-Nazi was one of two people sentenced to nine years in prison each for instigating civil war in the United States, the Associated press reported.
Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews and U.S. Army veteran Brian Lemley Jr. were sentenced Thursday.
NBC News reported that FBI agents arrested Mathews, Lemley and William Bilbrough, members of a neo-Nazi fringe group called The Base, days before a pro-gun rally in January 2020 in Virginia.
The FBI said at the time that they were under surveillance for months, NBC reported.
Surveillance equipment that was installed in their Delaware apartment recorded Mathews and Lemley discussing an attack on the Virginia State Capitol, the AP reported.
Mathews entered the United States without proper documents and was one of The Base’s top recruiters, The New York Times reported. He was fired from the Canadian military after learning he had ties to white supremacists.
According to Counter-extremism project, an organization that tracks far-right extremists, The Base strives to train its members to fight in a racial war and also encourages “the emergence of anarchy so that it can then impose order. chaos “.
Lemley has been charged with transporting and harboring aliens and conspiring to do so, among other charges. Mathews was charged with being an alien in possession of a gun and ammunition. They have both been charged with carrying a firearm to commit a crime.
U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang decided to apply “terrorism enhancement” to Mathews and Lemeley’s charges to increase their jail sentence recommendation after finding that they planned to engage in terrorist activity, reported the ‘AP. Chuang said the recorded discussions were not just discussions among friends, but showed the accused’s willingness to kill people and attack the United States.
Law and criminality reported that lawyers for Mathews and Lemley requested a 33-month sentence, but prosecutors requested a 25-year sentence.
In a court file, attorneys for Mathews said recorded conversations only showed the two made “generally fleeting references to imaginary scenarios without any serious exploration of particular targets or planning operations,” the AP reported. .
Prosecutors called Mathews and Lemely “national terrorists,” the AP reported.
“In the hope of a civil war that would decimate racial and ethnic minorities and subjugate women, the defendants joined forces with each other and with others, studied violence, tested their weapon skills, stored ammunition and supplies, and planned to kill on a large scale in pursuit of their objectives, ”prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum in September, Law and Crime reported.
The AP reported that Mathews told the judge he regretted befriending “the wrong people”.
“I got involved with people who were extreme, very extreme and hateful to the point of acting,” he told the judge.
Lemely also told the judge he regretted his actions, the AP reported.
“The things I have said are horrible and do not reflect who I really am or who my family raised me to be,” Lemely said, according to the AP. “Murder has never been in my heart. Only foolish dreams of glory and bravery of war.”