Kansas Somalis targeted

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TOPEKA, KAN. (KSNT) – The defense attorney for one of three men accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in western Kansas says his client was only preparing to defend himself against massive social upheaval.

The comments came during a court hearing Friday for 47-year-old Patrick Stein from Wright, Kansas, whom prosecutors say was the leader of a militia group called “The Crusaders.”

U.S. Magistrate Judge Gwynne Birzer ruled that Stein would remain in jail while he awaits trial. Birzer said Stein poses a “grave danger.”

Stein and two other militia members are accused of plotting to bomb an apartment complex in the western Kansas meatpacking town of Garden City.

Stein pleaded not guilty to conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Defense attorney Ed Robinson says his client was led by the government’s paid informant and an FBI undercover agent.

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