- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Residents of a small North Dakota town that a white supremacist targeted for a takeover won’t be happy unless the man sees jail time, its mayor says.

People in Leith want justice for the ordeal that Craig Cobb has put them through, Mayor Ryan Schock told The Associated Press.

“We want him to pay for what he’s done,” Schock said. “Put some closure on this thing.”

Cobb, 62, has pleaded not guilty to terrorizing residents with guns in mid-November. A judge has given attorneys three weeks to try to work out a plea deal.

Cobb has been selling off his property in Leith, including his house, though he still owns three of his original dozen properties, according to the Grant County Recorder’s Office. Schock said Cobb is using his properties as bargaining chips to get a good plea deal.

Cobb’s attorney, Ryan Heintz, did not immediately respond to an AP request for comment Wednesday. Cobb has not responded to an AP request for an interview.

Prosecutor Todd Schwarz told The Bismarck Tribune that Cobb has backed off on his plans to turn Leith into an all-white enclave. Schwarz said he plans to poll residents of Leith again, but that ultimately it is his decision whether to take a plea agreement to the judge.

Kynan Dutton, who also was charged with terrorizing in the alleged gun incident, pleaded guilty last month to lesser charges and was sentenced to time served and two years of probation.


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