A federal appeals court today upheld the conviction and prison term of a white supremacist accused of robing and murdeering an Arkansas family. Prosecutors say the murders were part of a plot by a group to set up a separate all-white nation in the Northwest U.S.
Chevie Kehoe had argued before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that he was wrongly convicted because there was no organized group. He said there was no organized criminal enterprise for prosecutors to pursue and that federal prosecutors had no jurisdiction.
But the 8th Circuit disgreed, saying Kehoe and four others, including his father and brother, were involved in a group known as the Aryan Peoples' Republic and the Aryan Peoples' Resistance.
The judges said the resistance group planned to form an whites-only country and populate it through polygamy.
Kehoe was sentenced to life in prison in the deaths of the Pope County family. A federal judge sentenced Kehoe co-defendant Danny Lee to death as a jury had recommended after the pair's convictions in May 1999.
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