- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on A Utah militia group leader accused of trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in Arizona (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A Utah militia group leader accused of trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in Arizona failed in his latest attempt to be let out of jail pending trial.

U.S. District Judge David Sam ruled Thursday that there is overwhelming evidence that William Keebler committed a crime of violence and should not be released.

The decision came during a hearing in which prosecutors played a secretly recorded video of Keebler talking about his plans to go on the offensive and strike back by damaging government buildings and vehicles.

Federal prosecutor Andrew Choate argued Keebler has a deep hatred of the federal government and is a danger to the community, especially U.S. Bureau of Land Management employees.

Defense attorney Lynn Donaldson says Keebler is not dangerous, but a tough talker whose many comments should be discounted. He accused undercover FBI agents of baiting Keebler into setting off the fake explosive in June.

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3:30 p.m.

Utah prosecutors played a secretly recorded video in court Thursday of a Utah militia group leader accused of trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in Arizona talking about his plans to go on the offensive and strike back by damaging government buildings and vehicles.

William Keebler says in the March video filmed by undercover FBI agents that he wanted to “put the fear of God” in government officials. He says some of their strikes would be “loud and dangerous and damaging.” He says he didn’t want to hurt anybody necessarily.

The video was played during a hearing in which Keebler is requesting a judge let him out of jail pending trial. A judge has yet to decide.

Keebler has pleaded not guilty to the charges.


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