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National Briefing / New Hampshire

Couple guilty in anti-tax standoff

July 10, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Twenty-one pipe bombs, dozens of rifles, tens of thousands of bullets, and cans of gunpowder shrouded in strips of nails -- tax evader Ed Brown said it was all to scare away U.S. marshals, not harm them, if they came to his fortified Plainfield home to arrest him.

A jury didn't believe him. It convicted Brown and his wife, Elaine, both in their 60s, of amassing an arsenal to kill agents during a nine-month standoff at their rural compound in 2007.

Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 3.

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