American Terror

October 10, 2003 Michigan 

Police arrest Norman Somerville after finding a huge weapons cache on his property in northern Michigan that includes six machine guns, a powerful anti-aircraft gun, thousands of rounds of ammunition, hundreds of pounds of gunpowder, and an underground bunker. They also find two vehicles Somerville calls his “war wagons,” and on which prosecutors later say he planned to mount machine guns as part of a plan to stage an auto accident and then massacre arriving police. Officials describe Somerville as an antigovernment extremist enraged over the death of Scott Woodring, a Michigan Militia member killed by police a week after Woodring shot and killed a state trooper during a standoff. Somerville eventually pleads guilty to weapons charges and is sentenced to six years in prison. He is scheduled to be released in late 2009.

The Second Wave: Return of the Militias
Southern Poverty Law Center Special Report

4 Responses

  1. Go Michigan, well actually, go Michigan State, seeing that Michigan got their butts kicked on Saturday. As far as the weapons, is it really even relevant?


  2. What’s your point? That no one needed weapons to kick Michigan’s butt Saturday?


  3. Six years? That’s what you get for having a plan for multiple homicides progress so far as to include tens of thousands of dollars in expenditures on military grade weaponry?

    That’s the kind of sentence one would get if a cop found one pound of marijuana in his car.

    But I’m sure a few years in prison with the Aryan Brotherhood will mellow his extremism.


    • Yup, he’ll be mellow because he’ll have learned how to do the job better and not get caught.


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