Boston Herald, Aug. 2, 2002
by David Weber
Friday, August 2, 2002
A white supremacist convicted last week of conspiring to build a bomb to start a “racial holy war” is suing the Plymouth County sheriff for civil rights violations.
Leo V. Felton, 31, acting as his own attorney, has filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court, charging that Sheriff Joseph F. McDonough trampled on his rights when officials at the Plymouth County Jail confiscated publications explaining how to escape from prison and build bombs, booby traps and stun guns.
Felton, along with a female friend, Erica Chase, 22, was convicted of the conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court on July 26.
Also convicted of counterfeiting, he faces up to 35 years in prison and is being held in a segregated unit of the Plymouth County Jail pending his sentencing.
McDonough said the publications in question were magazines that were sent to Felton from someone outside the prison.
Felton, the son of a biracial couple, had just finished serving a 10-year prison sentence for attempting to murder a minority taxi driver in New Jersey when he was arrested on the conspiracy charges in Boston.
He had been living in a North End apartment festooned with swastikas. He had hoped to ignite a race war by blowing up landmarks held dear by black and Jewish people.