An Alaska militia member convicted of conspiring to kill public officials and of amassing weapons was sentenced Monday to nearly 26 years in prison, when proceedings were disrupted by his frequent and profanity-laden outbursts questioning the authority of the court.
Judge Robert Bryan sentenced Lonnie Vernon, 57, during a nearly hour-long hearing at U.S. District Court in Anchorage on charges of conspiracy to murder federal officials and stockpiling weapons such as silencers and grenades for use in attacks.
In a far less dramatic hearing later Monday, his wife, Karen Vernon, 67, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Before she was sentenced,
Karen Vernon apologized and said her "words and actions were not intended to harm anyone."
She also apologized "to family and friends for the shame and embarrassment this has all caused, and I mean that. I truly do."
You know I almost feel sorry for Mrs. Vernon. She is undoubtedly one of these women who adopts her husbands politics and belief systems and probably trusted that he knew what he was doing, and that they really were above the law.
Speaking of above the law, check out some of Vernon's lunatic ravings during the sentencing.
Throughout his hearing, Lonnie Vernon was vocal, demanding several times that prosecutors and the judge prove their jurisdiction over him.
"I want to find out who the hell you people really are," Vernon said. "Nobody has proved jurisdiction."
"I reside in the state of Alaska, not in your government realm. I am sovereign," Vernon said.
The militiaman steadfastly maintained his sovereign rights, and asked marshals to arrest prosecutors. "I want you to arrest these people until they prove who they are."
Bryan told him, "This court has jurisdiction over you. If you don't agree with it, you can take it to a higher court."
Vernon responded, "Better yet, let's take it to a lower court. The common law court."
Whoa Nelly! This guy is some piece of work!
"Dammit Why CAN'T I threaten a judge and local law enforcement officials, then claim immunity from your laws, and get off scott free"
I wonder if he will use the same tactic in prison? "You can't do that to me, I am a sovereign citizen of Alaska. Stop touching me there!" Somehow I don't think that will protect him from those enforcing jailhouse jurisdiction.
Tomorrow it's Schaeffer Cox's turn to be sentenced. If Lonnie Vernon received 26 years I think we can expect Schaeffer to get about ten years more than that. All things considered.
I certainly hope those militia assholes down in the lower forty-right are paying close attention. If that "sovereign citizen" shit won't fly in Alaska there is NO WAY it is going to work any better in Mississippi or Alabama.
Oh an by the way, Barack Obama is STILL the President. God I love saying that!