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Russell Defreitas and another man had been convicted last year of multiple conspiracy counts in a failed scheme that was infiltrated by a government informant.

At trial, jurors heard tapes recorded by the informant in which Defreitas, 67, ranted about wanting to avenge U.S. mistreatment of Muslims across the globe.

The defense had sought a 15-year term for Defreitas, arguing in court papers that he and his cohorts were harmless trash talkers who were “egged on” by the informant. The papers portrayed the defendant as illiterate and delusional.


Onetime neo-Nazi, who killed 3, executed

LUCASVILLE | The state of Ohio on Thursday executed a onetime neo-Nazi who fatally shot two men and a teen more than a quarter century ago on the campus of Cleveland State University in a spree that targeted blacks.

Frank Spisak, who chose to read Bible verses in German for a final statement, was pronounced dead at 10:34 a.m. after an injection of sodium thiopental at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.

Spisak, 59, set the Ohio record for spending the longest time on death row before execution: more than 27 years. He was also the last Ohio inmate to die by sodium thiopental, a scarce drug the state is giving up in favor of a more readily available substitute.

He blamed the 1982 shootings on his hatred of gays, blacks and Jews and on his mental illness related to confusion about his sexual identity. He identified himself as a woman and referred to himself in correspondence as Frances Spisak, a name his attorneys also used.

Spisak read the first seven Bible verses from Chapter 7 of the Book of Revelations from a handwritten yellow paper held over his head by a prison official, speaking in a halting voice and sometimes having trouble reading the verses.

“I can’t read it, it’s too blurry, I can’t read it,” he said at one point.


Music group’s dad pleads to sex abuse

PROVO | The father of The 5 Browns musical group pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing his daughters when they were children.

With scratches on his face from a car crash, Keith Brown, 55, entered his plea to three felony counts in 4th District Court.

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