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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Idaho Man Convicted of Plotting to Kill Federal Judge and AUSA

From  "An Idaho man said by government lawyers to be associated with the anti-government militia movement was found guilty Friday of plotting to kill a federal judge, a prosecutor and an IRS agent in retaliation for an earlier criminal case brought against him.  A jury in Boise returned a guilty verdict in the trial of David Roland Hinkson, who was accused of offering $10,000 for the murder of the three federal officials, including U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge. Prosecutors said he contacted two people between December 2002 and March 2003 to try to arrange for the killings.  Hinkson, from east-central Idaho, runs a company called Water Oz, selling dietary supplements and mineral water. The business has earned him millions of dollars. But in the summer of 2000, the IRS began investigating him for failing to file tax returns or pay taxes for his employees. That case ended when he pleaded guilty in May 2004 to tax violations and overstating the benefits of his products.  On Friday, the jury found that Hinkson tried to solicit the murders of the judge who handled that earlier case, the assistant U.S. attorney who worked the tax charges and the IRS agent who investigated him."  Story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

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