Neo-Nazi loses 2nd Amendment rights after guilty plea in North Dakota terrorizing case

By Scott Kaufman
Monday, January 27, 2014 9:28 EDT
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Craig Cobb Leith North Dakota
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One of two white supremacists arrested on charges of terrorizing their neighbors has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of menacing and disorderly conduct.

Kynan Dutton, who patrolled the streets of Leith, North Dakota with Craig Cobb after the latter’s house was defaced when a talk show host revealed Cobb had “a little black in him,” will no longer be allowed to purchase firearms in the state.

Prosecutors had filed seven counts of felony terrorizing against the men, each of which carried the potential for five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. Because Dutton pleaded down to misdemeanors, he was sentenced to time served and two years of probation.

Judge Donald Jorgenson defended his decision not to expunge Dutton’s criminal record after he completes probation, telling CBS Sacramento that “[h]e has to understand, as an adult, you make decisions and there are consequences.”

Dutton’s lawyers had argued that the Iraq veteran had been misled by Cobb. Dutton had moved from Oregon to join Cobb’s white enclave and had been allowed to live rent-free, with his children, on the property.

“They were looking for that American dream and not to start some white enclave,” Quick said. “Obviously, everything got taken out of control, and taken too far.”

Cobb remains in jail on a $100,000 bond, largely because he has already fled Canada for the United States after being brought up there on hate crime charges. Because the charges against Cobb don’t exist in the United States, the Canadian government has been unable to extradite to face them.

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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