People saying they are spokesmen for a Ku Klux Klan group said the division was dissolved Saturday after a Claxton man, whom authorities said was a member, was arrested on charges of selling guns illegally.
Michael Lee Fullmore, 30, of Claxton, was sentenced to imprisonment for four years, four months in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia after pleading guilty to two counts of providing a firearm to a convicted felon on Dec. 19, United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said.
Fullmore also planned acts of violence against a Claxton Catholic church because of its connection to the Hispanic community and hoped to use money from illegal gun sales to fund a "subgroup" of the KKK that would target minorities, Heaphy said.
A person identified as “Imperial Kaltrop” posted the following comment on an article about Fullmore’s arrest that appeared Friday on statesboroherald.com: “The demise of an entire Klan organization has just taken place because of the illegal actions of a single alleged member who through his actions did more damage to Traditional Ku Klux Klan organizations in America than could be accomplished by the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center), or the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) combined.
“However it should be known that these types of illegal actions are unacceptable and not in line with the true values of Traditional Klan Organizations in America,” the comment continues. “This individual has allowed the root of hate and bitterness to sprout in his heart thus putting aside both his Christian values and his Sacred Oath as a Klansman to pursue a path of loss and destruction.
“The Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan as well as other Traditional Klan organizations will always be resolute to our values of being a law abiding, non-violent, Christian organization without exception.”
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A statement posted on www.knightriderskkkk.org claims that KKK division Knight Riders, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, covering Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia, “officially disbanded” Saturday.
The statement includes a link to the Herald article about Fullmore’s conviction with the description, “Article about rogue Klansman here.”
“These actions were necessary due to ILLEGAL actions of Rogue Klansmen,” the web posting says, later adding, “Leaders of the Knight Riders, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan never intended for this organization to be involved in ANY ILLEGAL ACTIVITY and have always pursued legal avenues, means and ways to further the Klan agenda.”
The Herald became aware of the group’s disbanding from an email to a reporter. The email also denied support for Fullmore’s actions.
Sent from email@example.com, the message included the following statement by David Storm, with the title “Exalted Cyclops” with the Virginia Knight Riders, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan: “… we had nothing to do with this rogue Klansman, or will we in the future. We are always trying to do the the legal right way and will not tolerate such things. We have made the decision of disbanding our organization and it can be seen the final decision at www.knightriderskkk.org.”
According to evidence presented at the guilty-plea hearing, "Fullmore, a member of the Georgia Knight Riders division of the Ku Klux Klan, came to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he began to take steps to establish a more violent and radical subgroup of the Ku Klux Klan, which he intended would commit violent crimes against minorities," Heaphy said.
According to evidence and testimony, Fullmore "believed that this organization could be supported by selling firearms to convicted felons and militia groups."
On numerous occasions, Fullmore sold firearms, including an AR-15 assault rifle and an AK-47 assault rifle with an obliterated serial number, to a convicted felon in Georgia and Virginia who was working with the FBI as a confidential informant, Heaphy said, adding that Fullmore also sold marijuana and firearms to an undercover law enforcement officer.
FBI agents arrested Fullmore in June after he told the confidential informant "he wanted to fire-bomb a Catholic church in the Claxton, Ga. area based upon its ties to the Hispanic community," Heaphy said.
Efforts to reach Storm for further comment about the KKK’s mission and purpose were not immediately successful Monday.
According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, KKK refers to an American post-Civil War secret society advocating white supremacy and to a 20th-century secret fraternal group held to confine its membership to American-born white Christians.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.