Alleged ringleader in Kansas bomb plot plans appeal

Patrick Stein is serving 10-year sentence
Alleged ringleader in Kansas bomb plot plans appeal

The alleged ringleader of a foiled plot to massacre Somali Muslims in southwest Kansas is appealing his conviction and prison sentence.

The attorney representing Patrick Stein has filed a formal notice of appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Stein was one of three militia members convicted of planning to blow up a mosque and apartments housing Somalis in Garden City.

A judge sentenced Stein last month to 30 years for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and 10 years for conspiracy against civil rights. The sentences will run concurrently.

Stein will also return to federal court on Feb. 22 for a change-of-plea hearing and sentencing in a separate indictment alleging possession of child pornography. The material was discovered during searches in the bomb case.

Stein, and the other men convicted in the bombing consipiracy, Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, were all members of a white power group called the “Crusaders.”