The Associated Press reports:
A former Virginia college student has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors to resolve a charge that he coordinated with neo-Nazi group members to harass and endanger their targets by calling in bogus police emergencies.
John William Kirby Kelley, 19, has signed a plea agreement and has a plea hearing set for May 8, prosecutors said in a court filing Saturday. The filing doesn’t specify any terms of the deal. Prosecutors in a court filing called it “one of the most far-reaching and prolific swatting conspiracies known to law enforcement.”
Kelley and others involved in the alleged scheme were affiliated with or expressed sympathy for Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi group linked to a string of recent arrests, according to the agent’s affidavit.
The New York Times reports:
The Alfred Street Baptist Church, a historic black church in Alexandria, Va., was one of the targets of the swatting ring, according to the F.B.I., which characterized the members of the ring as neo-Nazi sympathizers. The authorities said members of the group used racial slurs and anti-Semitic language in their discussions about potential targets.
Mr. Kelley, a former student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., suggested his university as a swatting target in November 2018, an F.B.I. agent said in an affidavit.
Later that month, an anonymous caller told campus police officers that he had an AR-15 rifle and had placed several pipe bombs in campus buildings, the affidavit said. The call came from a blocked number.