Feds seek 25-year sentence for Coast Guard officer accused of targeting lawmakers, justices

Feds seek 25-year sentence for Coast Guard officer accused of targeting lawmakers, justices

A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns for the planned murder of liberal Supreme Court justices, Democrats and TV journalists is reportedly asking for leniency as federal prosecutors call on a court to sentence him to 25 years in prison.

Christopher Hasson allegedly spent about $12,000 to buy weapons, tactical vests and body armor and performed internet searches for phrases such as “most liberal fed judges usa” and “how to rid the us of Jews” as well as compiling a hit list that included Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE (D-Calif.) and Sens. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report Trump administration freezes funding for study of hurricane barriers: report MORE (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE (D-Mass.) as well as MSNBC and CNN commentators, prosecutors said.

Hasson also reportedly researched how to build bombs and said in a letter that he had been a white nationalist for decades, with prosecutors saying he “advocated for 'focused violence' in order to establish a white homeland,” The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

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“The defendant — inspired by racist murderers — stockpiled assault weapons, studied violence, and intended to exact retribution on minorities and those he considered traitors. But for the diligent actions of multiple federal law enforcement agencies, we now would be counting bodies of the defendant’s victims instead of years of the defendant’s prison time,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Windom wrote last week.

Hasson’s lawyers have argued against prosecutors’ claim he is a domestic terrorist and asked a federal judge in Maryland to sentence him to jail time served and three years’ supervised release.

Hasson is set to be sentenced Jan. 31.

Although prosecutors have said he intended to carry out mass murder, they did not file terrorism charges against him. In October, Hasson pleaded guilty to possessing unregistered and unserialized silencers and illegal possession of the opioid painkiller tramadol.