Monday, April 21, 2008
Former National Vanguard Director Kevin Alfred Strom Sentenced To 23 Months In Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography
The Daily Progress and KVIR Channel 29 in Charlottesville, VA report that on Monday April 21st, 2008, 51-year-old Kevin Alfred Strom (pictured at left) has been sentenced to 23 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release. Strom's sentence was four months shy of the maximum sentencing guidelines, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Gould. An even more detailed report is posted by ReadTheHook.
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Strom, the former director of the now-defunct National Vanguard organization, pleaded guilty to the charge on January 14th, 2008 in lieu of a trial. Authorities seized his computer in August 2006; he was arrested in January 2007 after a federal grand jury handed down an indictment charging him with witness intimidation and possession of child pornography. However, the witness intimidation charges were abruptly dismissed during the first trial on October 3rd, 2007, primarily because the main witness against him, his wife Elisha Strom, was not considered credible at the time.
Strom has been segregated from other inmates at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail and Central Virginia Regional Jail for the last 16 months because of his beliefs, said defense attorney Andrea Harris. Combined with the 23 months just pronounced, this means Strom will serve a total of 39 months time, or three years and three months.
Ever since Strom pleaded guilty, he has been considered persona non grata within the white nationalist community, particularly by ANSWP Commander Bill White and Vanguard News Network editor Alex Linder. The fact that he willingly pleaded guilty to such a charge justifies his excommunication from the Cause. No one who is truly innocent of such a charge would plead guilty, particularly after having won a previous court battle.
As a result of Strom's troubles, National Vanguard disbanded and disincorporated in March 2007. It was subsequently resurrected as European Americans United, and operates the Western Voices World News website.