The Latest: Anti-government activist gets 6 years in prison
Mar. 03, 2016
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a Montana anti-government activist convicted of buying an illegal, fully-automatic shotgun (all times local):
An anti-government activist from Montana who sought out high-powered weaponry for an anticipated second American Revolution has been sentenced to six years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Susan Watters said Thursday that defendant William Krisstofer Wolf advocated a "shocking" level of violence against law enforcement and others.
The Gallatin County man was arrested last year after buying an illegal, fully-automatic sawed-off shotgun from an undercover FBI agent in the parking lot of a truck stop. He was convicted on federal weapons charges in November.
Authorities say Wolf compared shooting police to hunting gophers and spoke of dropping napalm on the county courthouse.
He vowed to appeal, claiming the shotgun was for self-defense and that his extreme views were constitutionally protected free speech.
The judge said Wolf's statements revealed his intentions for violence.
Federal prosecutors are seeking 10 years in prison for an anti-government activist from Montana who authorities said sought out high-powered weaponry for an anticipated second American revolution.
William Krisstofer Wolf faces sentencing Thursday before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings.
The Gallatin County man was found guilty of weapons charges by a federal jury in November. He bought a fully-automatic shotgun from an undercover FBI agent for $725 in the parking lot of a truck stop.
Wolf hosted an anti-government webcast and compared shooting police officers to shooting gophers. He testified at trial that he also wanted to acquire a flamethrower.
His defense attorney says Wolf acquired the shotgun for self-defense and should receive less than three years in prison.