Skinhead Leader Gets More Than Eight Years In Prison With AM-Klan Rallies
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The leader of a skinhead group that plotted to attack a black church during a worship service and discussed killing well-known blacks was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.
Christopher D. Fisher pleaded for leniency, but U.S. District Judge William Matthew Byrne said Fisher and a co-defendant would have to change the ″evil″ thought processes that led them to their crimes.
″To be rebellious is one thing, and to have crazy and distasteful ideas is one thing,″ Byrne said. ″But to inflict damage on people and society because of those ideas is something else. Those types of activities cannot and will not be tolerated.″
Fisher, 20, and Carl Daniel Boese, 17, were among nine people arrested in July as part of an FBI sweep of area hate groups. Prosecutors said Fisher and Boese planned to attack the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, a prominent black congregation in Los Angeles.
They also discussed killing well-known blacks, including police beating victim Rodney G. King, prosecutors said.
Fisher acknowledged the church plot and that he and other white supremacists bombed two homes and a car and vandalized a synagogue.
Fisher pleaded guilty Oct. 19 to arson and conspiracy. He faced a maximum sentence of 35 years but agreed to cooperate with future investigations of white supremacists in return for prosecutors recommending a 10-year sentence. He was sentenced to a sentence of eight years and one month.
Boese agreed to a plea bargain calling for a five-year term on his guilty pleas to similiar charges and to making illegal weapons.