A suspected white supremacist accused of brutally beating his roommate for about 11 hours has received five years in prison.
Adam Daniel Jacobs, 28, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault last week before Greene County Circuit Judge Dan Conklin.
Prosecutors agreed to drop five additional charges against Jacobs upon sentencing. Those included first-degree assault, kidnapping and three counts of armed criminal action in an attack on Anthony L. Williams.
Jacobs and Williams were allegedly fellow members of the World Church of the Creator — which later became the Creativity Movement — who lived together in a southeast Springfield trailer, according to a Springfield police affidavit.
The Creativity Movement’s Web site said the group promoted the “survival, expansion and advancement of the white race.” Jacobs called the group nonviolent in a March interview.
Williams told police that Jacobs accused him of talking with law enforcers after an FBI agent visited their residence on March 4, the affidavit said.
The federal agent had come to question Jacobs regarding the murders of a Chicago federal judge’s relatives, the affidavit said. Matthew Hale, a white supremacist convicted last year of soliciting the judge’s murder, had led the World Church of the Creator.
The day after the FBI’s visit, Williams told police that Jacobs questioned him about “notifying authorities about Jacobs’ position in the church,” and began beating Williams in the face and body, the affidavit said.
Jacobs struck Williams with a kitchen chair until the legs broke, kicked Williams with steel-toe boots, and held a machete to Williams’ throat and threatened to behead him, the affidavit said.
At one time, Jacobs locked Williams inside a closet for two hours, the affidavit said. Williams eventually convinced Jacobs he needed medical assistance for his broken ribs and bleeding, the document said.
Williams was treated for internal injuries at an area hospital.