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Connecticut white supremacists indicted on firearms and explosives charges

Five white supremacists from Connecticut have been arrested in a plot to steal and sell firearms and manufacture homemade hand grenades. The 18-month investigation, led by the Connecticut FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force resulted in a seven-count indictment brought against members and associates of the Connecticut-based white supremacist group Battalion-14.

Indicted on March 22 were Kenneth Zrallack, 29, of Ansonia, leader of Battalion-14; Alexander DeFelice, 32, of Milford; and William Bolton, 31, of Stratford. Edwin Westmoreland, 27, of Stratford, and David Sutton, 46, of Milford, have also been indicted. All five have been charged with seven counts of conspiracy and various firearms offenses. An unnamed confidential informant, only listed as "Witness A" in the indictment, was key to sealing the indictment against the white supremacists. The informant posed as a member of an extremist group from out-of-state.

According to the indictment, the accused were allegedly involved in a variety of incidents.  In January 2009, DeFelice and Bolton planned to rob a local resident of firearms. It is unclear if the robbery ever took place. In December 2009, DeFelice, Sutton, and the informant purchased items needed to manufacture homemade hand grenades. Westmoreland joined in the manufacture of those weapons. Once three grenades were complete, they were sold to the informant. Zrallack, DeFelice, Sutton, and Westmoreland also sold firearms to the informant after admitting to being convicted felons, leading to all four being charged with illegal sale of firearms.

Zrallack and Sutton were the only two present at the indictment, where they both pleaded not guilty. Each faces a maximum 5 years in prison if convicted. Westmoreland faces 30 years. DeFelice, arrested on January 28 on related weapons charges, faces a maximum 70 years if convicted. Bolton, currently in the United State Army and stationed in Virginia, has been arrested by the Army Criminal Investigation Division and is awaiting extradition to Connecticut.

Battalion-14 is a reincarnation of the former Connecticut White Wolves racist skinhead crew. The Connecticut White Wolves were founded in 2002 by Stratford, Connecticut, brothers Kenneth and Matthew Zrallack. The group and some of its members have had a history of criminal behavior and have gained notoriety for it. Incidents include brutal assaults against bar patrons and law enforcement officers, disrupting a gay rights meeting, bias intimidation, and robbery. By 2007, activity by Connecticut White Wolves was practically non-existent and for all intents and purposes, the group was dissolved. Some members, including leader Kenneth Zrallack, continued their racist ties by associating with the New England-based group North East White Pride (NEWP). In early 2009, while still associating with NEWP, Zrallack created his newest group, Battalion-14 ("14" representing the 14 word slogan of white supremacists: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.").

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