Judges overturn Schaeffer Cox 'solicitation' murder sentence, upholds conspiracy

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Former Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox will be re-sentenced after a panel of federal judges overturned one of his convictions, while affirming others today.

Cox was the head of the 'Alaska Peacemakers' Militia.
He was convicted of conspiracy to kill federal officials, solicitation to murder federal officials, and other charges of owning and conspiring to purchase illegal weapons.

That case brought to light a plan known as "2-4-1," wherein Cox and his followers planned to kill or kidnap two federal officials for every one of his family or militia members who were killed.

Cox made statements indicating he believed government agents were conspiring against him and his militia.

In today's ruling, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found there wasn't evidence to uphold his conviction for solicitation to murder, but affirmed his conviction for conspiracy.

Cox was originally sentenced to nearly 26 years; that sentence has been vacated in light of the decision today, and his case is being sent to a lower court for re-sentencing.