“In Mathews’ view, the president’s murder would ‘likely speed up their gun control program’, which Mathews in turn hoped would provoke a backlash,” prosecutors wrote.
But they ultimately put the idea aside, waiting to see if Virginia lawmakers pass gun control legislation, prosecutors said. Eileen Filler-Corn, who is Jewish, was sworn in as a speaker on January 8, 2020, but prosecutors do not name her in their court records.
“In the hope of a civil war that would decimate racial and ethnic minorities and subjugate women, the defendants joined forces with each other and with others, studied violence, tested their weapon skills, stored ammunition and supplies and planned to kill on a large scale in pursuit of them. of their goals, ”prosecutors wrote.
Mathews and Lemley Jr. were charged with a third base member. The group has been a major proponent of “accelerationism,” a fringe philosophy that advocates the use of mass violence to accelerate the collapse of society.
The third co-accused, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in December to helping Mathews illegally enter the United States from Canada in 2019.
The FBI also overheard Lemley and Mathews talk about trying to free Roof, who was sentenced to death for killing nine members of a black church congregation in South Carolina in 2015. They discussed the number of people. it would take to break into the maximum security prison. in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Roof is being held, how many guards are believed to be present and how a shooting would unfold, prosecutors said.