A West Virginia man who participated in a conference call to storm the state legislature has been convicted on one count of making terroristic threats.
Thomas David Deegan, age 39, participated in several conference calls in which a plot to overthrow the West Virginia state legislature was discussed.
“The conversation was the actual crime itself,” Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton told MetroNews Friday morning. “The jury was able to hear the entirety of the conference call as well as some recordings from the regional jail and some other testimony.”
Deegan’s intentions were clear during that conference call, Wharton said.
“He made statements with regard to a plan to essentially bring many individuals to the state capitol in Charleston in an attempt to overtake the offices in that complex,” Wharton said.
Deegan told those on the conference call they should shoot those who offered any resistance.
Like other "sovereign citizens," Deegan chose to represent himself rather than engage the services of a public defender. The jury quickly dispatched him with a conviction.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Deegan told other participants, "We are at war." He also suggested that they shoot any police who try to stop them.
And another "sovereign citizen" bites the dust, at least for awhile.
(h/t Raw Story)