Coast Guard lieu­tenant pleads guilty to gun and drug crimes

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

GREEN­BELT, Md. — A Coast Guard lieu­tenant ac­cused of stock­pil­ing weapons and tar­get­ing Supreme Court jus­tices, prom­i­nent Democrats and TV jour­nal­ists pleaded guilty on Thurs­day to gun and drug charges.

Christo­pher Has­son's guilty plea to all four of the counts he faced re­solves a case in which fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors called him a self-de­scribed white na­tion­al­ist and do­mes­tic ter­ror­ist in­tent on car­ry­ing out mass killings.

But pros­e­cu­tors didn't file any ter­ror­ism-re­lated charges against Has­son, who was ar­rested in Fe­bru­ary. With his plea, he now faces up to 31 years in prison. His sen­tenc­ing is set for Jan. 31.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found 15 guns, in­clud­ing seven ri­fles, and over 1,000 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion at Has­son's apart­ment in Sil­ver Spring, Mary­land.

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