Orlando, FL - Federal Judge Thomas McCoun has ordered an alleged neo-Nazi bomb maker, Brandon Russel to be released on bond, despite the concerns of federal prosecutors.
According to Fox13News, federal agents found 'bomb-making materials, weapons, and ammo' in the garage of Brandon Russell's apartment. A framed picture of Timothy McVeigh was on his dresser, and Nazi and white supremacist 'propaganda' were on his computer.
The search was the result of information received from Russell's roommate, Devon Arthurs. Russell and Arthurs used to have two other roommates, Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneshuk, and all were originally neo-Nazi followers.
Arthurs then converted to Islam, and murdered Himmelman and Oneshuk because 'they disrespected his new Muslim beliefs.' When he was arrested, he provided information on Russell, saying that Russell visited white supremacist web sites on his computer, and threatened to 'blow up buildings and kill people' in chat rooms.
In federal court on Thursday, June 8, federal prosecutors said that while police were conducting the investigation about Russell, that he was shopping with a friend who shared his beliefs, buying more guns and 500 rounds of ammo.
Russell is also an active member of the Florida National Guard. He admitted his white supremacist beliefs and that the bomb-making materials were his to federal agents. He claimed that his explosives were to launch weather balloons, but explosives experts say that the materials they found were too energetic for such a use.
Judge McCoun said that he granted Russell bond because he disagreed with federal prosecutors, and that there was "no convincing evidence that he posed a threat to any person or the community.
Do you think that we should be letting bomb-making neo-nazis out of jail when they are potentially facing a long prison sentence? We'd like to hear what you think. Please let us know in the comments.