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Judge: White supremacist in ND to remain in jail

STANTON, N.D. (AP) — A 62-year-old white supremacist who tried to turn the small southwestern North Dakota town of Leith into an Aryan enclave will remain in jail without bond, a judge ruled Monday.

Craig Cobb and 29-year-old acquaintance Kynan Dutton appeared for a bond review hearing in Stanton, and South Central District Judge Bruce Haskell said he would continue Cobb's no-bond status because of a Canadian warrant and because the charges involve threats against individuals, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Haskell decided that Dutton could be released if he can come up with $50,000 in cash.

Both have been held in the Stanton jail without bond since Nov. 16, when they were arrested on seven charges of terrorizing residents of Leith while on an armed patrol of Cobb's property in town.

Cobb's court-appointed attorney Ryan Heintz asked Haskell to set bond at $50,000. Heintz said he'd agree to an order preventing Cobb from coming within 100 feet of his alleged terrorizing victims.

But Grant County State's Attorney Todd Schwarz said Cobb is already a fugitive on hate crime charges in Canada and if bond were set, it should be in the range of $1 million to prevent him from running. Schwarz also wanted a condition that Cobb can't enter Leith.