Coast Guard lieutenant pleads guilty to gun and drug crimes
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.