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Jailed militia leader Schaeffer Cox sends letter to friends, family

Alaska Dispatch

A letter by Schaeffer Cox is circulating among friends and family of the former Fairbanks militia leader, with Cox detailing his feelings about his confronation with the government.

In June, a federal jury convicted Cox on weapons felonies and conspiring to murder government officials. He is scheduled for sentencing in September and faces life in prison.

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Cox on Friday addressed his friends and family through a University Baptist Church "email news bulletin," maintaining he is innocent but admitting his troubles "might be God's punishment for being too prideful."

Cox's letter "takes the form of a spiritual confession and apology," the News-Miner reports, with Cox writing:

To be passionate and full of zeal is good, but I was foolish and full of pride. In my foolish pride, I got on my soapbox to wag my finger at the government for every little thing they did wrong. I taunted them until they had enough and manufactured a case against me. While the criminal charges that were brought by man are lies, the spiritual charges brought before God are true."

Read more about Cox's letter at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and check out Alaska Dispatch's militia coverage.