Charges dropped for 2 in Osceola County white supremacist group case
Director of 'American Front' still charged with teaching paramilitary training
Two more of the 14 defendants accused of being involved in the American Front white supremacist group have had their charges dropped in the case.
The trials for Patricia Faella and Dylan Rattenmeir were both slated to start on Monday, according to Osceola County officials. They were both accused of participating in paramilitary training and other crimes.
Faella's husband and the alleged leader of the American Front group, Marcus Faella, is accused of teaching paramilitary training and other crimes. His jury trial is tentatively set May 6 and pre-trial is set for April 23.
The directors of American Front organization were arrested in May 2012 after the FBI raided a compound in St. Cloud, which authorities called a domestic terrorist boot camp. The state attorney's office described the AF as an anti-Semitic, white supremacist organization that is known as a domestic terrorist organization. According to arrest affidavits, the group planned for a "race war" in which they planned to kill minorities, Jews and immigrants.
Three other co-defendants have already been sentenced in the case. Christopher Brooks pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and received 3 years in prison.
Luke Leger and Kent Ryan McLellan pleaded no contest to participating in paramilitary training and received four years of probation. McLellan on March 25, requested he be allowed to withdraw his plea but Judge Jon B. Morgan rejected that request, according to Osceola officials.
A total of 10 of the original 14 arrestees have had charges dropped, including Dustin Perry, Verlin Lewis, Mark McGowan, Paul Jackson, Richard Stockdale, Diane Stephens, Jennifer McGowan and John Wyczlinski, as previously planned.