More on White Supremacists in the Milford Area
There are a couple notable incidents of white supremacist activity in the Milford/Stratford area. Here are a couple of highlights:
In 2011, a Milford man got 10 years for trying to sell weapons to a federal agent posing as a member of the Ku Klux Klan:
"A Milford man accused of being a white supremacist was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for what prosecutors called a dangerous plot to sell grenades and firearms to a government informant posing as a member of a Ku Klux Klan group.In 2006, the White Wolves leafleted in Stratford and threatened to rally:
U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall imposed the prison time on Alexander DeFelice, who was convicted by a jury in December of conspiracy and firearms charges. The same jury acquitted two alleged co-conspirators, while two other men pleaded guilty.
Prosecutors said DeFelice in 2009 and early 2010 arranged the sale of three homemade grenades, a rifle and two shotguns to the informant, a convicted felon who claimed to be a member of the Imperial Klans of America. The informant testified that he handed the firearms and explosives over to federal agents.
"It's something I regret doing," said DeFelice, who wore a prison-issued brown T-shirt, green pants and white sneakers. "It's something I thank God every day there were no victims of it."
Three family members sat behind DeFelice, and only four other people were in the audience section.
Federal prosecutors said in court documents that DeFelice created a serious threat to public safety by selling to the Klan group weapons he knew could kill or maim people. They had asked Hall to give DeFelice a prison sentence of more than 15 years, near the top of the federal sentencing guidelines. But DeFelice's lawyer, Michael Hillis, disputed the government's calculation of the guidelines and said his client deserved no more than 3 1/2 years behind bars.
Hillis said that after the informant got DeFelice to sell the first firearm, authorities should have arrested him and not pressured him to make more gun sales and build the grenades.
"They created this," Hillis said, referring to federal authorities. "If it wasn't for the coercion, we wouldn't have any of this. We wouldn't have had grenades."
Hillis also said the informant, Joseph Anastasio, was a "rogue" operator who approached federal officials in 2008 about cooperating in an investigation of DeFelice and others, only because he wanted to help his son, who was facing drug charges. Hillis said Anastasio's son was facing up to 12 years in prison under a plea bargain but only received four years.
Prosecutors said they didn't entrap DeFelice, whom they allege was a member of the Battalion 14 white supremacist group, formerly known as the Connecticut White Wolves.
The jury acquitted Kenneth Zrallack of Ansonia, the alleged leader of Battalion 14, and David Sutton of Milford, a black acquaintance of DeFelice who isn't a member of any supremacist group.
Police said Wednesday that they will increase their presence at an anti-racism rally planned for Saturday as three alleged white supremacist groups have made their presence known in town by dropping leaflets on residents' driveways and pledging to appear at the event. The groups are openly advertising for area white supremacists to attend the rally, which is being held in conjunction by Councilman Alvin O'Neal, D-2, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
O'Neal has advertised the rally as an informative, community-healing event that will draw attention to issues between town police and residents. Mayor James Miron and Connecticut NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile are both scheduled to speak at the rally. Neither Esdaile nor O'Neal could be reached Thursday for comment. Miron declined comment, citing what he said would be a "big announcement" regarding the rally today. He declined to say what would be announced or whether the rally would be cancelled.
Police Capt. Harvey Maxwell said that police presence at the rally would be stepped up. However, Maxwell noted that he does not expect a large contingent of white supremacists to attend the rally.
"It's bad enough to have two groups protesting. ... But two groups with different opinions makes it even more difficult," said Maxwell. "We're going to have additional manpower."
Maxwell confirmed that white supremacy groups, who identified themselves only as the White Wolves, the Connecticut State Skinheads and North East White Pride, littered residents' driveways on Wednesday with fliers. One resident, who lives at Cutspring Road complained to police, but Maxwell said that the handing out of the fliers in such a manner is simply littering.
"It's like when you put fliers under car windshield wipers," said Maxwell. "It's the same category."
An alleged white supremacist Internet radio show, called the "Captain Piddles Show," which is linked from the North East White Pride Web site, implores area white supremacists to come to Stratford Saturday.
The host, called Captain Piddles, plays hate-inspired heavy metal and in between speaks in a thick New England accent about goings-on in the white supremacy community. Piddles talks specifically about the rally in Stratford, and urges white supremacists who plan to attend to "bring baseball bats."