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Area woman tied to Alaska militia indicted on gun charge

Posted: November 19, 2011 - 10:05pm

A Kenai Peninsula woman was indicted by a federal grand jury on a gun-related charge in Anchorage on Nov. 17.

Mary Ann Morgan, 64, faces a single charge of convicted felon in possession of a firearm. She is the sole defendant named in the indictment. 

The indictment alleges that on Oct. 27, Morgan, who as a convicted felon was prohibited from possessing a firearm, was found in possession of a handgun. It further alleges that Morgan was convicted in 2001 in Homer of the state felony offense of first-degree custodial interference—removal of a child from the state. 

The Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI investigated the incident, which occurred at the Alaska Highway border crossing into Canada. According to the criminal complaint filed by the plaintiff, Morgan was trying to cross over, and declared to the Canadian Border Security Agency that she was in possession of a firearm.

During a subsequent search of her car, authorities found a .32-caliber Beretta handgun and she was turned over to American border agents and Alaska State Troopers.

Within two days, Morgan was charged under state law for the weapons violation. She was also charged in federal court two days later, and court records revealed the terrorism task force out of Fairbanks had been assigned to the case.

According to press reports, Morgan is a member of the Alaska militia movement and a self-proclaimed sovereign citizen connected with Schaeffer Cox, an Alaska militiaman charged in an alleged plot to kill and kidnap Troopers.

Morgan is an unusual individual, Norman Olson of Nikiski, commander of the Alaska Citizen’s Militia, said. The two have “broken bread” together. She’s extremely passionate about her patriotism, he said.

“She and Cox think alike,” he said. “They’re cut from the same cloth. They’re both ultra patriots who reject the for-profit courts in Alaska, and they both cling to their sovereignty.”

The state’s murder conspiracy case against Cox and his militia associates fell apart several weeks ago, and Morgan is an addition to the people connected with Cox that are in custody on state and federal charges.

Internet posts by Olson on the Alaska Citizen’s Militia forum state the terrorism task force is trying to create a link between Cox and Morgan’s behavior and will do so very soon.

Others contributing to the forum argue that it is a non-militia event and should be steered clear of. 

It is unclear to Olson why Morgan tried to enter Canada with a firearm, but he said it’s evident that she was arrested on purpose. 

“My own personal belief is that she and Cox are such good friends that she wanted to enter the system in order to try the system and see what would happen,” he said. 

Morgan was a frequent contributor to the forum. In her writings she has rejected the authority of U.S. courts. 

“I believe that her defense could possibly be that she is mentally unstable by reason of ultra-patriotism,” Olson jested. “Think of how many other people in this country that are patriotic are going to use a similar defense. ‘I’m sorry. I didn’t know what I was doing. I was clutching the flag too firmly and reading the Constitution at the same time, and I’m sorry my behavior isn’t accepted by the central government.’”

Assistant United States Attorneys Steven Skrocki and Joseph Bottini, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the weapons charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, or both. 

Under federal sentencing statutes, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant. Morgan remains in custody pending trial. An arraignment date has not yet been set. 

The FBI and Troopers coordinated to conduct the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. 

 

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normolson
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normolson 11/20/11 - 04:16 pm
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The Strange Case of Mary Morgan

Do you wonder why a 65-year old woman who was involved in a non-violent domestic dispute 10 years ago which resulted in a felony conviction, and who is arrested for having a firearm today is turned over to the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Department of Homeland Security?

Clearly there are many felons with a wide range of crimes. Some carry firearms for personal protection or for sporting reasons. Some are found out and arrested. But how many are turned over to the JTTF as a suspected terrorist.

Why was this particular woman deemed to be a suspected terrorist?

Who's next? Maybe you.

Norseman
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Norseman 11/20/11 - 05:32 pm
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militia headed to jail

Quit pretending this is innocent ol granny from across the street.
She has very close ties to the Cox and the militia. We all heard the tapes where Cox and the militia were intending to kill AK troopers, judges, and other innocent citizens. The 2fer statement says it all.

Thankfully we have the law enforcement keeping an eye out on the militia so we don't have another horrific tragedy like the Oklahoma bombing again.

There are plenty of whackjobs in these militias. One more is going to be put away by the looks of it. Keep up the good work!

anrsvc
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anrsvc 11/20/11 - 09:10 pm
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Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan was born 8-4-1958. The article said that she is 64. This is incorrect. Mary Ann Morgan is 53 years old.

The state case is 4TO-11-112CR. The underlying felony conviction case is 3HO-00-401CR. Public records confirm that she is 53 years old.

Early on in this issue with Mary Morgan, Norm Olson told the media that he had never actually met Mary Morgan. Now he says that they had "broken bread" together. Olson is a master of instigation and distancing himself. The article did not go on to detail that Mary Morgan also had instructions on how to make pipe bombs and instructions on how to manufacture a deadly poison called ricin that is used to kill people.

Olson talks about the tyrannical government. He leads and associates with people like Morgan, Cox, and others. Cox and others plotted to kill people. These are not tyrranical government zombies. These are people who work as judges, troopers, etc. These are American citizens. Good people. They have spouses, children, etc. They have hopes and dreams and a life. Now these followers of Schaeffer Cox plot to kill these people because of his hate of the central government.

Now we have Mary Morgan with guns, and instructions forthe construction of pipe bombs and deadly poisons.

These are associates of Norm Olson. Don't think for a minute that these are innocent assocations. Norm Olson initially lied about his assocation to Mary Morgan. He has a well established assocation to Scheffer Cox. But he even attempted to distance himself from Cox.

I think that we as citizens and members of the community need to take serious the threat that these poeople present. They have lots of rhetoric and deny their associations. But in the end if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, then it is most likely a duck. Norm Olson has been quacking for years.

AKMaineIac
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AKMaineIac 11/22/11 - 12:22 am
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Militias, FBI, and JTTF

The next "terrorist" who is successful won't be in Al Quaeda, or any "Militia group". They're watching these groups and those associated with them. They know what they're saying in emails and on chat boards. Likely even know what most of them are talking about on the cell phones too, and landlines. There are agents on social networks like Facebook and Twitter with identities indicating they are kindred folk with the militia types.

So, regardless of the political and religious ideology of the next successful terrorist(s), it won't be anyone associated with "normal channels" of the militia and Islamic fundamentalists.

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Raoulduke 11/22/11 - 05:31 am
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Patriot?

A convicted FELON in possession of a firearm ?This type of individual is said to be an ULTRA patriot?These type of people are not patriots.They are LAW BREAKERS.Patriot is a word that should not be mentioned.When discussing this individual.Then again there are those with a warped sense of what a patriot truly is.Convicted FELON'S are told not to possess firearm's.I know.I won't be next.I am a LAW abiding patriot.

AKMaineIac
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AKMaineIac 11/22/11 - 08:26 am
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Patriot

I guess one might need to be reminded that all felons are not created equal. Also, the same court(s) this woman does not recognize has called into question the lifetime prohibition on possession of firearms by felons.

I don't think anyone is making the argument that Charles Manson, should he be paroled, ought to have the right to have a firearm. The worst of them should never set foot outside of a jail ever again. The second tier, almost the worst of them, should never legally have a firearm again. But people involved in non-violent offenses that have been made felonies in order to deny as many people the right to keep and bear arms as possible should have ALL of their rights restored or none of them. When they are freed from prison, and deemed "no longer a threat", then they should have their rights restored. If they're still a danger, what are you doing turning them loose? Don't you realize that "THE LAW" did not stop them from committing their crime to be incarcerated in the first place? What makes you think "THE LAW" will prevent them stealing a gun, or buying one from a criminal acquaintance?

Take a look at what the woman was convicted of... is she a "danger to society" for life? Really? Do you think that is reasonable? Because there is a real strong likelihood that the supreme court will not agree.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 11/25/11 - 09:23 am
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Felon

A felon can not vote,or POSSESS A FIREARM.If ANY felon is is possession of,or in close proximity of a firearm.They are again LAW BREAKERS.There are no exceptions to this rule of Law.They are not ultra patriots.If being a law breaker gives you the label of ultra patriot.Then you can have the label to wipe yourself.I do not want ANY convicted felon,and it matters not if this person had served their sentence to society to possess any firearm.Which is the law of the land.I find comparing this person to Charles Manson to be a stretch.They do have one thing in common.They are both convicted FELON's.

radiokenai
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radiokenai 11/27/11 - 06:39 pm
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Raoulduke
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It shows how un-informed you are about Felons in Alaska. They CAN posses firearms if they have successfully completed 10 years following probation and their crime is non-violent (IE: Murders, Sexual Assaults etc.).

In fact, Felons can also CARRY CONCEALED in Alaska!

And a side note, YES FELONS CAN VOTE after successfully completing probation!

So, before you toot your horn, better take lessons first!

AKMaineIac
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AKMaineIac 11/27/11 - 07:14 pm
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Felon

So what? What you want? The supreme court has weighed in on this, and the lifetime prohibition has been found to be "excessive" in the eyes of the court. This is evolving case law, and it is difficult to predict where it will all end up. Simplistically wailing about felons being in possession of a firearm solves nothing. It changes nothing. Being a law breaker does nothing but give one the label of "criminal", not "patriot". I will wipe myself with toilet paper, thank you.

I was not defending this idiot, she's got all the appearances of a dingbat. The point of my post was to explain that since the government has made almost anything more significant than a speeding ticket a "felony" that just makes it easier to restrict peoples' rights to have a gun. You want to play into that? Fine, that's your right. The rest of us, including the United States Supreme Court, and the courts of several states, do not have to.

Hate to ruin your day... but you might want to have a look at this:

http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-felon-voting-bill-advances-030811,0,2757275.story

Felons are not all equal, as you have plainly stated yourself with your remark about comparing the individual to Charles Manson. I have some experience in the criminal justice system, having worked in law enforcement. I've dealt with felons I'd welcome into my home, and non-felons I'd shoot between the eyes at the door.

I think if I were simple enough to think those felons who are actually going to be a danger would follow a law restricting them from having firearms in the first place, I'd likely support a law prohibiting it. I know the only ones who will follow the law are the ones you want to have them. Like any other law regulating guns...

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