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White supremacist Cobb set for sentencing today

BISMARCK – A white supremacist accused of terrorizing people in the small North Dakota town of Leith will find out today whether he will spend more time in jail or be released on probation as part of a plea agreement.

In deciding Craig Cobb’s sentence, South Central Judicial District Judge David Reich will consider a pre-sentence investigation report that both Cobb and Grant County State’s Attorney Todd Schwarz have said contains multiple errors.

The report’s contents are unknown as it is sealed from public view. Cobb’s sentencing is set for 11 a.m. in Bismarck.

He has sat in the Mercer County Jail in Stanton since he and follower Kynan Dutton were arrested Nov. 16 and charged with seven counts of felony terrorizing in connection with four incidents in Leith, including one that happened as they were on an armed patrol of property that Cobb had purchased with hopes of attracting enough like-minded people to take control of the town’s government and create an all-white community. One of the charges was later dismissed.

Cobb’s plea agreement calls for him to serve four years of supervised probation but no additional jail time. He entered guilty pleas Feb. 27 to one charge of felony terrorizing and five counts of misdemeanor menacing, but Reich said he wanted more information before accepting the plea agreement and sentencing Cobb, and he ordered a pre-sentence investigation, including a psychological evaluation.

In a phone interview from jail April 14, Cobb said if he’s released on probation, he plans to move to his home state of Missouri if that state’s probation system will accept him.

“I’m just going to go and try to get a 62-year-old girlfriend and companion,” he said. “I want to retire from white nationalism, because I’ve had it.”