Neo-Nazi group founder pleads guilty to explosives charges

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Posted: Sep 27, 2017 12:21 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The leader of a small Florida-based neo-Nazi group has pleaded guilty to charges associated with having explosives in his apartment's garage.

Court documents show that Brandon Russell entered his pleas on Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Tampa. He faces up to 11 years in federal prison on charges of possessing illegal firearms and a destructive device, and storing explosives.

The bomb-making materials were discovered during a murder investigation involving Russell's roommate, Devon Arthurs.

Arthurs is charged with two counts of first-degree, premeditated murder in the deaths of two other Tampa roommates, Andrew Oneschuk and Jeremy Himmelman. All three were at one time members of Atomwaffen, the white supremacist group Russell admitted to starting.

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In entering his guilty pleas, Russell filed an objection to the allegation he intended to assemble a bomb.