Soldiers turned anti-government terrorists will face the death penalty

Defendant Isaac Aguigui walks into the courtroom during a preliminary hearing at Long County Superior Court, Thursday Aug. 30, 2012 Defendant Isaac Aguigui walks into the courtroom during a preliminary hearing at Long County Superior Court, Thursday Aug. 30, 2012 Stephen Morton/AP

The three Georgia-based Army soldiers accused of killing a young couple and plotting to assassinate President Obama are getting the book thrown at them. In Long Country Superior Court Thursday, District Attorney Tom Durden vowed to seek the death penalty for F.E.A.R. militia members Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, Sgt. Anthony Peden and Pvt. Christopher Salmon, reports the Associated Press. Meanwhile, grieving relatives of the victims tell the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the F.E.A.R. members should be put to death. Though there is much left to uncover about the mysterious milita group, which shocked the public Monday with its alleged terrorist plots, family members of the soldiers and their alleged victims are speaking out about their suspicions and views of the militia group.

The two primary victims in the case are former U.S. soldier Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend Tiffany York who were murdered in December. According to prosecutors, the militia group "believed it had been betrayed by Roark, who left the Army two days before he was killed, and decided the ex-soldier and his girlfriend needed to be silenced." Today in court, a relative of York's rushed the defense table when Peden took the stand, after which "at least four deputies and officers wrestled the family member to the floor and handcuffed him," reported the AP. Though the relative wasn't identified, there's certainly a lot of anger to go around. 

Read more at The Atlantic Wire.
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