SPRINGFIELD | A southwest Missouri man caught up in a federal sweep of white supremacists and convicted on weapons charges was sentenced Tuesday to 6 1/2 years in prison.
Robert N. Joos, 57, of rural McDonald County, was convicted in January on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felon in possession of explosives. Joos has previous convictions for unlawful use of a weapon and driving without a license.
The Joplin Globe reported that U.S. District Judge Richard Dorr sentenced Joos to 78 months on each count and ordered the sentences to run concurrently.
Joos was arrested at his home in June after brothers Daniel and Dennis Mahon were taken into custody in Illinois and charged in a 2004 mail bombing that injured a black city official in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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The Mahon brothers, from Davis Junction, Ill., are charged with conspiracy to damage buildings and property by means of explosive. They have pleaded not guilty and are being held in Arizona.
Joos was not charged in the bombing, but the Mahons told investigators members of the “movement” used Joos' isolated home for training. They described Joos as a “longtime white supremacist associate and an expert on weapons, explosives, bomb making and general survival skills.”
Joos denied the allegations.
The government's case stemmed from three visits that undercover agents made to the property outside Pineville, where Joos lived for more than 20 years.
During those visits, undercover agents said they saw weapons and ammunition. They said Joos told them he had “rifles loaded with armor piercing ammunition” and caves for storing food, weapons and ammunition “to avoid capture or attack by the government or other adversaries,” according to an affidavit filed after his arrest.