241 Militia Verdict Update

The leader of an Alaska militia who gave speeches claiming Fairbanks was on the verge of having blood in its streets was convicted Monday of nine federal charges, including conspiracy to kill federal law enforcement officers and possession of illegal weapons.

Schaeffer Cox leaned forward and intently watched jurors as the judge polled them to confirm the verdicts. When he finished, Cox grabbed a microphone and said that the prosecution withheld evidence from the jury.

The seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated two full days before returning a verdict against the 28-year-old Cox and 56-year-old Lonnie Vernon on the conspiracy charge. The jury deadlocked on the same charge for another member, 37-year-old Coleman Barney.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Skrocki said he expects years of imprisonment for Cox.

The judge set sentencing for September 14.