Accessory Sentenced in Neo-Nazi Case
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A 25-year-old man, convicted of being an accessory in last summer’s $3.6 million Brink’s armored car robbery in California, has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $9,300 in restitution.
U.S. District Judge David K. Winder on Tuesday told Michael Stanley Norris he could serve his time in a prison close to his home in Northport, Ala. The judge said Norris would probably have to serve 14 months.
Norris, 25, was convicted April 22 of being an accessory after the fact. He was accused of acting as lookout for Richard Joseph Scutari as they drove through Utah last December.
Scutari, who remains at large, is one of the reputed members of the neo- Nazi group The Order sought in the July 19 holdup near Ukiah, Calif.
Defense attorney Sumner J. Hatch said Norris’ conviction and sentence will be appealed.
He had urged Winder to place Norris on probation, noting that his client was acquitted in his only other brush with the law. Norris was found innocent in Louisiana in 1981 of plotting to overthrow the government of the Caribbean island of Dominica.
That incident should have ″raised a big red flag to this young man,″ Winder said.
The Order engaged in a pattern of unlawful activity, and Norris was convicted because he participated in that illegal activity, not because he was a member of the group, prosecutors said, urging a prison term.
Testimony and Norris’ statements indicated he always had guns with him and the group was prepared to shoot it out with FBI agents pursuing them through Utah, prosecutors said.
Winder agreed, saying, ″I cannot accept that this was some kind of ideological journey.″