Three northern Idaho white supremacists convicted in federal court Thursday night on all counts of plotting last spring to bomb a Seattle disco frequented by homosexuals are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11.
U.S. District Judge Harold Ryan will sentence Stephen Edwin Nelson, 35, Hayden Lake; Robert John Winslow, 29, Laclede; and Proctor James Baker, 58, Coeur d'Alene.Nelson and Winslow each face up to 25 years in prison, while Baker faces a maximum of 15 years.
"The verdict shows that domestic terrorism will not be tolerated in Idaho," said federal prosecutor Maurice Ellsworth.
Richard Butler, leader of the white-supremacist Aryan Nations Church in northern Idaho, said, "The real criminal goes off with a quarter million (dollars) of government money."
Butler was referring to FBI informant Rico Valentino, a former professional wrestler who infiltrated the Aryan Nations compound in rural Kootenai County Idaho, posing as a tax protester.
During the trial, which began Oct. 2, assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Howen called the case one of "domestic terrorism."