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POSTED: July 19, 2013 9:59 a.m.
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Isaac G. Aguigui, who has been a private in the U.S. Army, pled guilty to two charges of murder and related charges in Long County superior court Friday morning.

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Isaac G. Aguigui, the ringleader of an alleged terrorist group based at Fort Stewart, pled guilty to two counts of murder and related charges in superior court in Long County this morning. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Aguigui, a private in the Army, recruited disenchanted soldiers based at Fort Stewart into the militia group, Forever Enduring Always Ready, with the aim of eventually overthrowing the government.

In December 2011 the group apparently planned to kill one member because they were worried that he would expose their plot. That member, Pvt. Michael Roark, and his girlfriend, 17-year-old Tiffany York of Midway, were shot in Long County.

Aguigui and three other alleged members of FEAR were soon arrested. Others allegedly involved were arrested over the next year. And, this year, the Army reopened an investigation into the July 2011 death of Aguigui's wife, Sgt. Deirdre Aguigui, and has charged him with murder for it.

More will be reported on this story as it is developed.

 

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