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Alaska militia member Coleman Barney plans to appeal conviction

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published October 7, 2012

Coleman Barney, who was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a plot by the Schaeffer Cox-led Alaska Peacemakers Militia plot to kill government officials, intends to appeal, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Barney, 38, of North Pole, a command major in the militia, was sentenced last month. He was convicted in June of conspiracy to possess unregistered silencers and grenades and of possessing an unregistered 37mm projectile launcher. A jury deadlocked on a murder conspiracy charge and acquitted Barney of two other weapons charges.

Barney's convictions stem from two days in his life life: one in November 2010, when he ran an armed security detail for Cox at a television station in Fairbanks, Alaska; the other in March 2011, on the day of the arrests, when an FBI informant had supposedly arranged to sell him and Cox a pistol-silencer combo and grenades.

Since he has been jailed before and after his conviction, he has missed the birth of his fifth child.

Cox and fellow Alaska Peacemakers Militia member Lonnie Vernon are due to be sentenced Nov. 19.

Barney's appeal brief is due Dec. 26. Then the government has until Jan. 25 to respond and Barney can, if he wishes, respond to the government's appeal reply.

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