Crump, Adams Trial Delayed

February 21, 2013

The two remaining Northeast Georgia men charged in an alleged plot to attack the U.S. government will not go to trial this month as first scheduled.

According to a document filed in U.S. District Court in Gainesville, District Court Judge Richard W. Story granted a continuance February 8 in the trial of Ray H. Adams and Samuel Crump, both of Toccoa.

Attorneys for the defense requested the continuance and the government did not oppose the motion.

Court documents state that defense attorneys requested the continuance because the government had yet to produce certain evidence to the defense and it just recently provided the defense with the name of a new witness it plans to call at trial. In addition, the defense told the court it needed more time regarding its own scientific evidence as well as the government’s. Finally, the defense said one of its witnesses could not be at trial this month due to a health issue.

The two men were scheduled to go on trial in federal court in Gainesville on Monday.

The court has not set a new date for trial at this time.

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.

In April, two other men charged in connection with the case, Dan Roberts of Toccoa and Frederick Thomas of Cleveland, 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.

Meanwhile, the man identified as the FBI informant in the case against all four men has pleaded guilty to charges in South Carolina.

Joseph Harold Sims, Jr. pleaded guilty earlier this month in Anderson to 21 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Court records indicate that a number of other charges were dropped.

A judge sentenced Sims, Jr. to a 10-year suspended sentence, one year in prison with credit for time served, and five years probation. With time served, Sims, Jr. will serve five months in prison.

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