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November 1, 1997 | From Associated Press
Republic of Texas leader Richard McLaren and a top lieutenant were convicted Friday of plotting the abduction of a couple that led to a weeklong armed standoff with authorities. The jury deliberated about two hours before finding McLaren and Robert Otto guilty of organized criminal activity in the April 27 abduction of Joe and Margaret Ann Rowe.
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December 17, 2007 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Gloria Garza doesn't have a whole lot. But what she has, she clings to with pride. She lives in a simple stucco house with a rustic wooden veranda and a well fashioned from odd stones her husband found around the state. Kittens stretch lazily in the sun beside her porch. Armadillos dart across her backyard.
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June 20, 1998 | Reuters
The last of five Texas separatists charged with kidnapping a couple that led to an armed standoff with police has been sentenced to 90 years in prison. Pecos County Dist. Atty. Albert Valadez said a jury convicted Richard Keyes on Thursday of burglary for his role in the assault in April 1997 on the home of Joe and Margaret Ann Rowe. The raid on the Rowe home sparked a weeklong standoff outside the Republic of Texas separatist group's compound in the remote Davis Mountains.
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April 18, 2000 | MICHAEL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Edwin Shrake's novel about the Republic of Texas in 1839 is a hearty pot of chili in which we can taste some south-of-the-border, magical-realist spices. A Mexican craftsman shapes a rosewood chair in which a person can "disappear," so perfectly does it fit the human form. A legendary man-ape dwells in a cave in Comanche country, guarding a treasure in Spanish gold and a "wisdom" that Native Americans seek to cope with their displacement by white settlers.
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April 18, 2000 | MICHAEL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Edwin Shrake's novel about the Republic of Texas in 1839 is a hearty pot of chili in which we can taste some south-of-the-border, magical-realist spices. A Mexican craftsman shapes a rosewood chair in which a person can "disappear," so perfectly does it fit the human form. A legendary man-ape dwells in a cave in Comanche country, guarding a treasure in Spanish gold and a "wisdom" that Native Americans seek to cope with their displacement by white settlers.
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May 9, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments against five "Republic of Texas" members, who are accused of conspiring with leader Richard L. McLaren to issue $1.8 billion in worthless financial warrants. The five, including Steven Craig Creer, acting president of one of the group's factions, appeared in federal court in Dallas on bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy charges. None of the five took part in the militia's standoff with police.
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July 16, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Three self-proclaimed members of the Republic of Texas separatist group schemed to kill President Clinton and other government officials using a cigarette lighter modified to shoot cactus needles coated with a deadly toxin, the FBI says. Oliver Dean Emigh, 63, Jack Abbott Grebe Jr., 43, and Johnnie Wise, 72, were arrested two weeks ago on charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
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April 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
The leader of a Texas separatist group that sparked a weeklong standoff with police last year was convicted Tuesday on 26 counts of federal fraud and conspiracy in connection with millions of dollars in bogus checks. In addition, seven followers of Republic of Texas leader Richard McLaren, including his wife, were convicted of fraud. Mark Anthony Hernandez was acquitted on two counts and ordered released.
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June 4, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The wife of a Texas separatist leader who held off police last month in the mountains of west Texas pleaded not guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges. Evelyn McLaren, 50, said in a written statement to U.S. District Judge Joe Fish in Dallas that she was a "Texian," not a citizen of the United States, and therefore not bound by U.S. laws.
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June 10, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Republic of Texas separatist leader Richard McLaren and four followers were indicted in the kidnapping of two neighbors that sparked a weeklong standoff with about 300 state troopers. McLaren, Gregg Paulson, Karen Paulson and Robert Otto each was indicted on a single felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. They could get a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted. The identity of the fifth person charged was withheld. It presumably is Richard F.
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August 28, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A Texas appeals court in El Paso overturned convictions against the leader of the separatist Republic of Texas militia group and a top aide, saying the evidence against them was legally insufficient. Richard McLaren was sentenced in 1997 to 99 years in prison on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity by ordering the kidnapping of a married couple, an incident that led to a seven-day armed standoff with law enforcement officers.
NEWS
July 16, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Three self-proclaimed members of the Republic of Texas separatist group schemed to kill President Clinton and other government officials using a cigarette lighter modified to shoot cactus needles coated with a deadly toxin, the FBI says. Oliver Dean Emigh, 63, Jack Abbott Grebe Jr., 43, and Johnnie Wise, 72, were arrested two weeks ago on charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
NEWS
June 20, 1998 | Reuters
The last of five Texas separatists charged with kidnapping a couple that led to an armed standoff with police has been sentenced to 90 years in prison. Pecos County Dist. Atty. Albert Valadez said a jury convicted Richard Keyes on Thursday of burglary for his role in the assault in April 1997 on the home of Joe and Margaret Ann Rowe. The raid on the Rowe home sparked a weeklong standoff outside the Republic of Texas separatist group's compound in the remote Davis Mountains.
NEWS
April 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
The leader of a Texas separatist group that sparked a weeklong standoff with police last year was convicted Tuesday on 26 counts of federal fraud and conspiracy in connection with millions of dollars in bogus checks. In addition, seven followers of Republic of Texas leader Richard McLaren, including his wife, were convicted of fraud. Mark Anthony Hernandez was acquitted on two counts and ordered released.
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November 5, 1997 | From Associated Press
Republic of Texas leader Richard McLaren was sentenced Tuesday to 99 years in prison and his top lieutenant got 50 years for plotting an abduction that led to a weeklong standoff with police. McLaren and Robert Otto, whose group says it believes that Texas is not part of the United States, were the first two of five members to be tried in the April 27 abduction of Joe and Margaret Ann Rowe.
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November 1, 1997 | From Associated Press
Republic of Texas leader Richard McLaren and a top lieutenant were convicted Friday of plotting the abduction of a couple that led to a weeklong armed standoff with authorities. The jury deliberated about two hours before finding McLaren and Robert Otto guilty of organized criminal activity in the April 27 abduction of Joe and Margaret Ann Rowe.
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May 6, 1997 | From Associated Press
A fugitive member of the Republic of Texas was killed Monday in a gun battle with police who had been tracking him since he fled the secessionist group's hide-out. A second man remained at large in the rugged Davis Mountains, where the two had headed separately before the rest of the militant group laid down their arms over the weekend. The group's leader and several other people were named Monday in a federal fraud indictment.
NEWS
November 5, 1997 | From Associated Press
Republic of Texas leader Richard McLaren was sentenced Tuesday to 99 years in prison and his top lieutenant got 50 years for plotting an abduction that led to a weeklong standoff with police. McLaren and Robert Otto, whose group says it believes that Texas is not part of the United States, were the first two of five members to be tried in the April 27 abduction of Joe and Margaret Ann Rowe.
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September 20, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State police said the FBI arrested Republic of Texas fugitive Richard Keyes, who disappeared in May after six fellow separatists surrendered after a weeklong standoff. The man arrested was picked up walking along a road in New Waverly, about 55 miles north of Houston, state police said. He was taken by Texas Rangers to a Houston courthouse for arraignment.
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