Despite the fact that the youths have only recently been released, they are at risk of going back to prison for a longer period.
A couple of lovers, 27-year-old Brandon Russell and 34-year-old Sarah Clendaniel, who agreed in different prisons, decided to organize the undermining of five electrical substations in Baltimore. They planned to carry out the attacks when they were released immediately after a snowstorm swept across the United States in mid-January.
Despite the fact that the youths have only recently been released, they are at risk of going back to prison for a longer period. They can face up to 20 years in prison.
Maryland District Attorney Erec Barron said if the plan goes ahead, Baltimore will be thrown into chaos because the transformers are made to order and could take a year to replace. The first meeting will take place early next week.
Russell is known to police as the leader of the far-right neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen. In 2018 he entered jail for possession of materials for the manufacture of an explosive device in an apartment. The investigation found that the group planned attacks against churches visited by African-American communities and Jewish synagogues. Clendial was sent to prison for a series of convenience store robberies. Threatening with a machete, the girl demanded profit and cigarettes from the vendors.
Despite the fact that the youths were held in different correctional institutions, they were able to find a common language and allegedly came together to organize a terrorist attack on the Baltimore power plant after their release.
The top FBI agent in Baltimore, Thomas Sobochinsky, called the couple “racially or ethnically motivated extremists.”
The police managed to find out about the impending attack on the substation thanks to the talkativeness of the couple.
“The defendants did not just talk about it, they took steps to implement their threats,” Sobochinsky said.