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A Maryland judge has agreed to include a “terrorist improvement” when he later this week sentences former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews.
The improvement, which applies in cases where a crime is considered to promote federal terrorist crimes, means a maximum sentence of 25 years behind bars.
Mathews, 28, of Beausejour, Man., And U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr. both pleaded guilty to weapons charges in connection with a white supremacy conspiracy to violently trigger a racial war in the United States.
The plot, which was revealed through FBI wiretaps, surveillance and conversations with an undercover agent, was mainly about a plan to violently interrupt a demonstration on gun rights in the state capital of Virginia in January 2020.
After a day-long hearing, U.S. District Court Theodore Chuang ruled that the improvement would apply, though he was quick to point out that a decision on their actual convictions would come later.
The two are scheduled to appear for a hearing on Thursday.