(October 4, 2021 / JNS) Maryland state federal prosecutors recommend that two members of the neo-Nazi group be convicted as national terrorists for plotting violent attacks and talking about the murder of a Jewish lawmaker in Virginia.
Patrik Jordan Mathews, a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist, and U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr. will be sentenced on October 28 after pleading guilty in June to gun charges, according to The Associated Press. The couple, both members of the white supremacist group The Base, have been arrested since January 2020.
The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office on Thursday evening filed a 45-page memo asking a judge to sentence the men to 25 years in prison each, followed by three years of supervised release, reported The Washington Post. Prosecutors said: “The defendants pose a serious risk to public safety. They are national terrorists and should be condemned accordingly. “
Prosecutors said in a court file that surveillance equipment overheard Mathews and Lemley talking about planning an attack at a gun rights rally at the Virginia Capitol; killing African-American children, destroying railways and power lines; and trying to get racist mass killer Dylann Roof out of jail. The record also indicates that Mathews “briefly considered” the assassination of the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Jewish lawmaker Eileen Filler-Corn.
Lemley’s defense attorney Ned Smock said his client had taken responsibility for non-violent crimes, but prosecutors were too focused on what Lemley and Mathews had discussed in private. He said The Associated Press, “These are just words. Mr. Lemley never engaged in violence, did not intend to take any violent action, and he took no action to commit any of the acts mentioned in these tapes.
Mathews has pleaded guilty to four counts and could face 50 years in prison, while Lemley has pleaded guilty to seven counts that can lead to a maximum of 70 years in prison.