*** Florida Militia Leader Sentenced To Five Years
- Florida militia leader sentenced for terrorist plots
By PAT LEISNER
Associated Press Writer
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - His wife cradled their baby and cried in the courtroom Friday as a Florida militia leader was sentenced to five years in prison for plotting terrorist attacks on power plants and government offices.
Donald Beauregard, 32, was given the maximum sentence for his March 10 guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to degrade government property, destroy energy plants and provide material support for terrorists.
Defense attorneys argued unsuccessfully for leniency, contending that although plans were made nothing was ever carried out, and that Beauregard was weak, impressionable and easily led.
"He was clearly contemplating crimes of terrorism," said U.S. District Judge Richard Lazzara. "There is no question he was engaged in activity that posed a serious threat of violence."
The judge said it was fortunate the conspiracy ended before anything happened.
Beauregard, a general in a group called the Southeastern States Alliance, planned domestic terrorism - to steal explosives from a National Guard armory in Haines City and blow up power plants, paralyzing central Florida and Atlanta with blackouts.
On Dec. 27, 1997, Beauregard called for simultaneous attacks on power lines and utility towers feeding Atlanta and St. Petersburg, including a bombing at the Crystal River nuclear plant 90 miles north of Tampa Bay, federal agents said.
The fact that the acts were never carried out was not because the plan was abandoned, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Kunz told the judge during a 40-minute hearing.
"It was not some pipe-dream fantasy," Kunz said. "Mr. Beauregard was a general of the SSA. He was in charge. He was making decisions."
Beauregard, dressed in an orange jail uniform, his legs shackled and his hands free, stood silent before the judge, flanked by attorneys Nancy Lord Johnson of Nevada and Michael Pasano of Tampa.
Among relatives attending the session were Beauregard’s wife, Kim, and their months-old daughter, Amy. Kim Beauregard sobbed aloud after sentence was pronounced.
Beauregard was manager of a Hickory Farms shop in St. Petersburg before his arrest Dec. 8. He has been in the Hillsborough County Jail without bond and will be given credit for the more than seven months behind bars.
Militia groups came to widespread attention following the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing that killed 168 people.
According to the six-count indictment, Beauregard’s militia activity dates back to 1995 and increased in 1996 as FBI agents engaged in an 81-day standoff with the Freemen militia of Montana.
The judge dismissed the remaining five counts Friday and waived a $250,000 fine.
Federal agents don’t give locations of Southeastern States Alliance groups but say meetings or discussions took place in Elmore County, Ala., South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky and the Florida cities of Haines City, Auburndale, St. Petersburg and Plant City.
(Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)Florida militia leader sentenced for terrorist plots 7/28/00
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