Crump, Adams Set for Trial This Month

July 1, 2013

The two remaining Northeast Georgia men charged in an alleged plot to attack the U.S. government are now set to go to trial later this month.

According to a document filed in U.S. District Court in Gainesville, Samuel J. Crump and Ray H. Adams, both of Toccoa, are set to go to trial on Monday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the federal courthouse in Gainesville in front of U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Story.

Adams and Crump are charged with conspiring to possess and produce the biological toxin ricin and attempted production of ricin.

The government has accused the men of planning attacks against U.S. government officials and facilities.

They were arrested back in November 2011 along with two other men, Dan Roberts of Toccoa and Frederick Thomas of Cleveland.

According to federal authorities, the four men were charged with being part of a fringe militia group that was planning attacks against citizens and the government.

Authorities say Crump and Adams attempted to manufacture ricin, which is a deadly biological toxin, while Thomas and Roberts purchased what they believed to be C-4 explosives and a silencer to use in the attacks that they were planning.

In April 2012, Roberts and Thomas each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to obtain an unregistered explosive device and silencer.

They were each sentenced to five years in federal prison back in August 2012.

Crump and Adams were originally set to go to trial this past February, but attorneys for the defense requested a continuance and the government did not oppose that request.

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