(Reuters) – A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested in February after prosecutors mentioned he was plotting to assault Democratic politicians and TV personalities pleaded responsible on Thursday to weapons and drug prices.
Christopher Paul Hasson, 50, who has been in federal custody since his arrest, pleaded responsible to the 4 prices in U.S. District Court docket in Greenbelt, Maryland, in keeping with a court docket docket entry.
His sentencing might be in January, when he’ll resist 31 years in jail, Baltimore CBS affiliate WJZ-TV reported.
Hasson beforehand denied prices in an indictment handed up shortly after his arrest of unlawfully possessing firearm silencers and the painkiller Tramadol, in addition to possession of firearms by an addict of a managed substance.
After his arrest, authorities mentioned they seized a stash of 15 firearms and greater than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from his Silver Spring, Maryland, dwelling.
Prosecutors had mentioned Hasson was a “home terrorist” and a self-described white supremacist with an inventory of potential capturing targets, together with Home of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and MSNBC tv host Joe Scarborough.
“There may be an intent to homicide harmless civilians,” U.S. Lawyer Jennifer Sykes mentioned at a Feb. 21 court docket listening to, citing a draft e-mail Hasson allegedly wrote.
However Julie Stelzig, Hasson’s public defender on the time, mentioned Hasson’s gun assortment was not terribly giant and argued that he shouldn’t be held accountable for writing disturbing emails that he in the end didn’t ship.
“We’re not but a rustic that criminalizes folks for his or her ideas,” Stelzig mentioned.
Regardless of prosecutors’ claims that Hasson supposed to hold out assaults, he was by no means charged with associated crimes.
Hasson, a former U.S. Marine, had been assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington.
Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Modifying by Dan Grebler