AP, Dec. 10, 2002
BOSTON (AP)–Prosecutors will seek a 27-year prison sentence for a mixed-race white supremacist convicted of plotting to blow up Jewish and black landmarks.
Leo Felton should be isolated from society, Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Theodore Merritt wrote in paper filed Monday in federal court.
“This court should factor in the racial and ethnic hatred that motivated Felton’s criminal conduct,” Merritt wrote.
Felton, son of a black father and white mother, has said he blames his parents for “contaminating” him with black blood.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner is scheduled to sentence Felton on Wednesday. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Felton faces 22 to 27 years
Felton, 31, and his girlfriend Erica Chase, 22, were convicted in July of charges including conspiring to make a bomb, conspiring to make counterfeit bills and obstruction of justice.
They were arrested in April 2001 when an off-duty police officer spotted Chase passing a counterfeit $20 bill. Investigators said Felton was making the phony money to help fund their plan and had already gathered most of the ingredients to make a bomb, including a 50-pound bag of ammonium nitrate, the fertilizer used in the Oklahoma City bombing.
“Their plan was to ignite a racial holy war … that would promote chaos among the races,” prosecutor Emily Schulman told the jury at their trial.
The defense maintained the couple were being prosecuted for their beliefs and never planned to carry out violent acts.
Felton’s attorney, Lenore Glaser, did not respond to a call seeking comment Tuesday.
Felton was a member of the White Order of Thule, and Chase belonged to the World Church of the Creator. They met after Chase corresponded with Felton while he was in prison for the attempted murder of a black taxi driver.