Alaska couple set to enter plea in conspiracy case

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Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:05 PM
Alaska couple set to enter plea in conspiracy case

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska husband and wife connected to a militia and accused of trying to kill an IRS agent and federal judge over unpaid taxes have agreed to plead guilty.

The Anchorage Daily News reports ( a notice filed Thursday shows Lonnie and Karen Vernon of Salcha will enter their plea Monday in U.S. District Court. The couple faces eight counts, and it wasn't immediately clear to which counts they would enter pleas.

Authorities say the couple owed about $180,000 in taxes, interest and penalties. They claimed the IRS has no authority to collect taxes.

Lonnie Vernon was convicted earlier this year in a separate murder conspiracy plot involving Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox and Coleman Barney, who also were convicted. Sentencing for the three in that case hasn't been scheduled.