|The "new" Craig Cobb|
Cobb initially was charged with five felonies and faced a maximum of 30 years in prison.
Before sentencing, Cobb told the court "I regret my actions. I know I was wrong and I accept responsibility for my actions. It was an unfortunate confluence of circumstances and bad decisions on my part". He plans to retire from white nationalism, and will seek permission to transfer his probation to Missouri to care for his mother. Cobb has since sold his house and deeded eight other properties in Leith back to the city. However, Leith Mayor Ryan Schock is unhappy with the plea deal because three properties are still owned by white nationalist sources, to include the National Socialist Movement, Tom Metzger, and Alex Linder.
Background: You can read this VNN Forum thread for details. In summary, inspired in part by the successful Pioneer Little Europe (PLE) communities in Kalispell, MT and La Crescenta, CA, Craig Cobb decided to replicate the PLE experiment in North Dakota to take advantage of the proximity of the high-paying jobs of the Bakken oil fields. He chose Leith as his proposed PLE community, and had speculated on the possibility of eventually renaming it "Cobbsville". However, the SPLC caught wind of the project and outed him in August 2013. Cobb decided to fight fire with fire and go on the offensive; he invited others to join him in Leith. He also reportedly had a couple of verbal confrontations with the only black resident in Leith. Because Cobb had received threats, he started patrolling while carrying a gun. This is what got him into trouble and triggered his arrest. Great strategy -- poor tactics. This means "mum" has to be the word on any future PLE projects; if you do it, keep your mouth shut about it and handle it like April Gaede and Scott Ernest have in Kalispell.