Saturday, June 26, 1999

Chevie Kehoe gets life for 3 murders


White supremacist plotted for new nation

BY TOM PARSONS
The Associated Press

        LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A white supremacist convicted of three murders as part of a plot to set up a new nation in the Pacific Northwest was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

        U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Eisele pronounced the sentence on Chevie Kehoe, 26, of Colville, Wash. When the judge asked Mr. Kehoe if he had anything to say, he responded, “I would just like to continue to maintain my innocence in this situation.”

        Mr. Kehoe and Danny Lee, 26, of Yukon, Okla., were convicted last month of three counts of murder for slaying Tilly, Ark., gun dealer William Mueller, his wife Nancy and her 8-year-old daughter Sarah Powell in January 1996. Mr. Kehoe and Mr. Lee also were both convicted of one count each of conspiracy and racketeering.

        Although prosecutors portrayed Mr. Kehoe as the leader of the plot, the jury rejected the death-penalty option for him while recommending it for Mr. Lee, who has a court hearing Tuesday.

        Messrs. Kehoe and Lee were convicted in what prosecutors said was a plot to set up a new nation where people of Asian, black, Hispanic and Jewish descent would be banned.

        Prosecutors had said Mr. Kehoe and Mr. Lee also were responsible for other illegal activities, including the bombing of City Hall at Spokane, Wash.

        Mr. Kehoe and his brother Cheyne were involved in a 1997 shootout with two police officers in Wilmington, Ohio, that was videotaped and has been seen several times on national television.

        Chevie Kehoe agreed to plead guilty in February, 1998, to attempted murder, felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon in return for the state dropping eight others involving the Wilmington shooting.

        His sentencing was deferred pending conclusion of the Arkansas case. His brother was convicted of felonious assault and sentenced to 24 years in prison.

       



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