Couple Charged of Possession of Firearms in Tax Case


A couple from Alaska was charged with possession of frearms gathered with the intent to murder a federal judge, his family and an IRA employee over $165,000 in unpaid taxes. Lonnie and Karen Vernon amassed a cache of weapons that included a machine gun, a silenced frearm and grenades. In addition to this couple, several other members of the local military group were also charged with helping them gather the weapons.

Lonnie was earlier indicted on a charge of threatening to kill US District Judge Ralph Beistline and a family member. Citizen militia leader Francis Schaeffer Cox from Fairbanks and Coleman Barney of North Pole were also charged along with Lonnie Vernon in a separate federal indictment alleging the three conspired to possess unregistered grenades and silencers. Cox also faces a charge of possessing an illegal machine gun and silencer.

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