Fairbanks Militia Member Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

A member of an Alaska militia group has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his conviction on weapons charges.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A member of an Alaska militia group has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his conviction on weapons charges.

Coleman Barney, of North Pole, held his head in his hands and sniffled loudly while he waited for U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan to impose the sentence Monday in Anchorage.

The 38-year-old and other defendants have been in custody since their March 2011 arrests. The judge said Barney's time served will count.

Barney was convicted in June of conspiracy to possess unregistered silencers and grenades, and an unregistered destruction device.

Schaeffer Cox, the leader of the Alaska Peacemaker Militia, and another militia member, Lonnie Vernon, are scheduled for sentencing Nov. 19 on more serious convictions, including conspiracy to commit murder.

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