GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) – A federal judge is explaining why she denied bond for the four elderly Georgia men accused of plotting terror attacks against government officials. U.S. Magistrate Susan Cole said in a written order this week that “there are no conditions of release for any of the defendants that will reasonably assure the safety of the community.”
Investigators accused 73-year-old Frederick Thomas and 67-year-old Dan Roberts of conspiring to obtain an explosive and possessing an unregistered silencer. Authorities also charged 55-year-old Ray Adams and 68-year-old Samuel Crump with conspiring and attempting to make ricin, a biological toxin.
The men, who have pleaded not guilty, were denied bond last week. But Cole didn’t release the 28-page order explaining her decision until Monday.