Former Klansman Receives 14-Year Sentence in Pipe Bomb Sting
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By Bill Poovey Associated Press Writer
Published: Nov 5, 2005
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A federal judge sentenced a former Ku Klux Klansman to 14 years in prison Friday for making pipe bombs and selling them to an undercover informant who said they would be used to kill illegal immigrants.
Daniel Schertz, 27, apologized to his family before the judge gave him the maximum possible penalty in a plea agreement.
"The court is not going to take into account at all your involvement with the Ku Klux Klan. That is your right," federal Judge Curtis L. Collier told him. "We do punish for behavior."
Schertz pleaded guilty to building five pipe bombs and selling them to an undercover informant for $750 in April. The bombs were to be "detonated on a bus carrying Mexican workers to work in Florida," according to his plea agreement.
Schertz also was accused of building two pipe bombs in March to harm Haitians in Florida.
Prosecutor James Brooks said Schertz "was driven by pure hatred. There is no excuse for what he did."
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Lorin Coppock said evidence included audiotapes and videotapes of Schertz making the devices and discussing how they would be used.
Tests on the bombs showed they would detonate, Coppock said.