A neo-Nazi group member whose talk of planning an attack at a Virginia gun rights rally was secretly recorded by the FBI pleaded guilty on Thursday to gun charges and obstruction of justice.
Patrik Jordan Mathews, a 28-year-old former Canadian Armed Forces reservist, and two other members of The Base were arrested on federal charges in Maryland ahead of the January 2020 rally at Virginia’s Capitol in Richmond.
Mathews pleaded guilty to illegally possessing and transporting a firearm, and obstruction of justice — he destroyed a cellphone when FBI agents raided his apartment.
After a prosecutor read aloud a summary of the case against Mathews, the judge asked him, "Did you do the things the government said you did?"
"Yes, your honor," Mathews replied.
The four counts carry a combined maximum sentence of 50 years in prison. But federal sentencing guidelines will likely recommend a lower sentence.
U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang is scheduled to sentence Mathews on Oct. 28.
-Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press