Members of White Supremacist Group Sentenced For Threatening Blacks
BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) _ Probation sentences for eight men will break the back of a white supremacist group that fired a pellet gun into a restaurant and conspired to attack blacks with ax handles, the police chief says.
Palm Beach County Judge Don Adams accepted guilty pleas Monday from eight reputed members of the neo-Nazi, white supremacist White Patriots Party, which police say was responsible for several acts of violence and vandalism.
Loren Jay Boren, 20, reputedly the local leader of the group, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and was placed on three years probation under a plea agreement.
In one incident, police say, group members driving on a local road ran their car into Belle Glade resident Leonard Howard as he walked along a street. They were planning to hit him with spiked ax handles and accidentaly hit him with their car, police say.
In another incident, a pellet gun was fired into a Burger King restaurant on June 12. A group member later told police the restaurant was attacked because too many blacks worked there.
″I’m satisfied justice was done,″ Police Chief Michael Miller said after the hearing Monday. ″I think the back of this organization has been broken with this sentence.″
Boren’s brother, Eddie Ray Boren, 31, was given one year probation after pleading guilty to battery. The other six were given two years probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.
A ninth defendant previously was sentenced to one year probation after pleading guilty to battery.