Court enters not guilty plea in Ft. Riley bomb conspiracy case

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal magistrate has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a Topeka man charged with conspiracy in a plot to bomb the Fort Riley military base.

Alexander E. Blair stood silent at his arraignment Wednesday on a criminal information accusing him of conspiring with John T. Booker, Jr., in the planned attack. The court then entered the plea for him.

Previously Blair had initially been charged with failing to report the plot to authorities, but the conspiracy charge unsealed Tuesday is more serious.

A status conference was set for June 8.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius ordered the prosecutor and defense attorney to meet before then and discuss in good faith whether the case can be resolved with a plea change or whether it will require a trial.


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