Florida authorities bust alleged Klan prison guard murder plot

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Posted: Apr 02, 2015 11:51 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Three members of the Ku Klux Klan who had worked in Florida's state prisons were arrested on Thursday in an alleged plot to kill a black inmate upon his release, authorities said.

The men were plotting to kill the inmate in retaliation for his getting into a fight with one of them, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a statement.

Two of the men currently work for the Florida Department of Corrections, and the third was a former employee, officials said.

Officials said the defendants were members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist organization, and were each charged with conspiring to commit murder.

Officials said the FBI was also involved in the case, which will be prosecuted in north Florida's Columbia County.

The arrests come as Florida's prison system is struggling with staffing and budget issues and is under fire over inmate deaths and whistleblower accusations of a violent culture.

(In fourth paragraph, corrects group's name to Traditionalist from Traditional after official correction from Attorney General's office)

(Reporting by Letitia Stein)