Published On: Fri, Dec 16th, 2016

Trial for Kansas men charged in alleged terror plot set for April

An April 25 trial date has been scheduled for three southwest Kansas men accused of planning to detonate bombs at a pair of Garden City apartment buildings where a number of Somali refugees live and worship.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren scheduled a jury trial for Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, both of Liberal, and Patrick Eugene Stein of Wright, to begin at 9 a.m. April 25 in federal court in Wichita.

The three men are charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction to carry out a planned attack on a pair of apartment buildings on Mary Street, home to many Somali Muslims. A one-bedroom apartment in one of the complexes, 312 W. Mary St., serves as a Muslim mosque.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the indictment against the three men alleges that they conducted surveillance to size up potential targets, stockpiled firearms, ammunition and explosive components, and prepared a manifesto to be published after the bombing.

If convicted, the men face up to life in federal prison.

According to a criminal complaint, the men were part of a small militia group called the Crusaders that espouses sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant beliefs.

The planned attack allegedly was scheduled for Nov. 9, the day after Election Day.

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