Convictions Upheld In Gay-Bar Bomb Plot
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court yesterday upheld the convictions of three members of a neo-Nazi group in Idaho for plotting to bomb a gay bar in Seattle.
Federal prosecutors said the plot was monitored from the start by an undercover FBI informant who infiltrated the group known as Aryan Nations. The informant, Rico Valentino, traveled with two of the men from Hayden Lake, Idaho, to Seattle, and paid for their trip and the bomb components.
The three men were arrested in May 1990, before the bomb could be assembled. Robert J. Winslow, Stephen E. Nelson and Procter J. Baker were convicted of conspiring to build a pipe bomb and travel in interstate commerce to kill, maim or wound people.
Winslow was sentenced to nine years in prison and Nelson to eight. Baker has completed a two-year sentence.
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