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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 02:23 AM

SPLC: Terrorism plea expected from man with white supremacy ties

June 13, 2018

A man with suspected ties to white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups is expected to plead guilty next month to terrorism-related charges related to an attempt to derail an Amtrak train last October in Nebraska.

Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Missouri, had been scheduled to stand trial this week in U.S. District Court in Lincoln, Nebraska. However, his trial date was removed from the court calendar when U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart entered an order setting a “change of plea” hearing for July 12.

Wilson previously entered not guilty pleas to charges filed after he allegedly entered a trailing Amtrak locomotive and activated the train’s emergency braking system in an apparent attempt to derail the train. His arrest came two months after he participated with other racists in a violent, landmark demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Authorities have not divulged how many passengers were aboard the Amtrak train, bound from California to Chicago via Omaha, when full-emergency braking was activated near Oxford, Nebraska. No one was injured.



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