Vernons set to enter plea in conspiracy case

A Fairbanks-area couple connected to a militia and accused of trying to kill a IRS agent and federal judge over unpaid taxes have agreed to plead guilty.

A notice filed Thursday shows Lonnie and Karen Vernon of Salcha will enter their plea Monday in U.S. District Court. The couple faces eight counts, and it wasn't immediately to which counts they would enter pleas.

Authorities said the couple owed about $180,000 in taxes, interest and penalties. They claimed the IRS has no authority to collect taxes.

Lonnie Vernon was convicted earlier this year in a separate murder conspiracy plot involving Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox and Coleman Barney, who also were convicted. Sentencing for the three in that case hasn't been scheduled.