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Cobb pleads guilty, but awaits sentencing

BISMARCK -- White supremacist Craig Cobb pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of terrorizing and menacing, but the judge in the case wants more information before handing down a sentence.

“I apologize for my behavior and I regret my actions,” a soft-spoken Cobb said before Judge David Reich in Burleigh County Court.

Cobb was originally charged with seven counts of terrorizing for allegedly leading an armed patrol in November in Leith, the small town southwest of Bismarck where he bought up property with the intention of creating an all-white enclave.

Cobb and and his attorney had reached a plea deal with Grant County Prosecutor Todd Schwarz, agreeing to plead guilty to one count of terrorizing, a felony, and five misdemeanor counts of menacing. One other terrorizing count was dropped.

Under the recommended sentence for the guilty pleas, Cobb, who has been in jail since Nov. 16, would not serve any additional jail time.

The plea deal outlined four years of supervised probation for Cobb.

But Reich did not issue a sentence Thursday, instead ordering a pre-sentence investigation.  

Cobb will remain in jail until he is sentenced.

Mike Nowatzki

Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.