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Defense: Men accused in Kansas plot prepared for ‘upheaval’

Neighbor talks about Kansas terrorist suspect

Patsy Walden of Liberal talks about Gavin Wright, one of three Kansas men accused of devising a terrorist plot to kill and injure Somali Muslim immigrants living in Garden City. ( Oliver Morrison / The Wichita Eagle )
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Patsy Walden of Liberal talks about Gavin Wright, one of three Kansas men accused of devising a terrorist plot to kill and injure Somali Muslim immigrants living in Garden City. ( Oliver Morrison / The Wichita Eagle )

A Kansas man has waived a detention hearing and pleaded not guilty in what prosecutors say was a conspiracy by a militia group to detonate truck bombs at an apartment complex where 120 Somali immigrants live.

Gavin Wright’s decision means the 51-year-old from Liberal remains in federal custody pending trial. The hearing for another defendant is still on track.

Defense attorney Kari Schmidt told the court she and Wrignt have concerns about his safety if he’s released.

Prosecutors contend Wright and two other men arrested in the case pose a “substantial danger” to the community.

Wright and co-defendants Patrick Stein and Curtis Allen are charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in the meatpacking town of Garden City.

Wright has no criminal history.

Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall announced Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, a major federal investigation stopped a domestic terrorism plot by a militia group to detonate a bomb at a Garden City apartment complex where a number of Somalis live. (video by Jaim

Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall announced Friday a major federal investigation stopped a domestic terrorism plot by a militia group to detonate a bomb at a Garden City apartment complex where a number of Somalis live.

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