A Florida man who was training a small group of white supremacists for a “racial holy war” was sentenced to only six months in jail on Monday, according to court records.
Earlier this year Marcus Faella was convicted on two counts of paramilitary training and will be serving six months in jail after already receiving credit for 61 days he already spent behind bars. That makes his remaining sentence roughly fourth months.
The sentence is less than what most Florida residents will serve if they are convicted of disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, possession of marijuana under twenty grams and shoplifting.
Faella was described as the “ring leader” behind a group of white supremacists known as the American Front, who believe American is on the verge of a “racial holy war,” according to a description of the group provided by the anti-defamation league.
According to an arrest affidavit, Faella had been training a group of at least ten other people on how to use explosives, shotguns and AK-47s in order to “kill Jews, immigrants and other minorities” back in 2012 at a fortified compound on his property in St. Cloud.
The location is only 11 miles away from Disney theme parks.
Ten others, who were being trained for the “race war,” were also arrested.
Information on the plot to engage in a war to “protect the white race” was exposed thanks to an informant who infiltrated the group back in 2010.
The American Front was founded in 1987 but has remained a relatively small white supremacy group.
The group has, however, expanded to states all across the U.S.
While the Anti-Defamation League has even described the group’s activities as “acts of terrorism,” Faella’s punishment is still not as severe as the average sentence for someone who is found guilty of terroristic threats in Florida.
According to CriminalDefenseLawyer.com, anyone convicted of a misdemeanor offense for making a terrorist or criminal threat faces up to one year in a county jail.
A felony conviction of the same crime can be punishable with anywhere between 40 and 100 years in prison.