Demetrius Van Crocker (subject of this Flyer cover story earlier this year), a McKenzie, Tennessee laborer and farm hand, was sentenced this week to 30 years in prison plus what amounts to supervised probation for life if he outlives his prison sentence.
Crocker was convicted by a jury in federal court in Jackson, Tennessee, in April. Prosecutors likened him to Timothy McVeigh, who blew up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
Crocker plotted with an undercover agent posing as a rogue security employee for an arsenal in Arkansas to buy Sarin nerve gas. During the trial, prosecutors played tapes of Crocker spouting racial hatred and his desire to strike a blow against the government.