Ex-wife testifies against Felton

Boston Globe, July 23, 2002
By Thanassis Cambanis, Globe Staff, 7/23/2002Off-site Link

Yesterday, on the day her divorce from accused bomb plotter Leo Felton was finalized, Lisa Meetre testified in federal court that over the course of their bumpy nine-year marriage, Felton exchanged religion for neo-Nazi extremism and finally dumped her for the younger woman he called his ”crimie,” for partner in crime.

Felton, 31, and his girlfriend, Erica Chase, 22, are on trial for conspiring to build a bomb, blow up a Jewish or African-American target, and provoke a racial holy war.

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Meetre had met Felton through an exchange of letters; he proposed to her the first time she visited him in a New Jersey prison, and they were married behind bars just after Christmas in 1993, when Meetre was 19.

They argued frequently over the phone, in letters, and during the rare conjugal visits prison officials allowed, Meetre said.

She agreed to send him neo-Nazi literature in jail because ”it was too tiring to argue all the time,” Meetre said.

In 1996 Felton pestered her to buy a gun, which she kept in storage until Felton was released from prison in January of 2001, she said. He joined her in Ipswich, where he had instructed her to relocate from Maryland.

Almost immediately, Felton used his wife’s credit card to purchase literature about illegal handgun silencers, bomb-making, bioterrorism, and forging identities, she said. He made counterfeit money on her home computer, she testified, and had her drive him to a farm store in Danvers to buy ammonium nitrate, the same fertilizer used in the Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people in 1995.

When Felton first got out of prison, Meetre said, she overlooked his illegal behavior because she hoped he might reform his ways.

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