As crime soars in cities across America and murders in Baltimore hit a 40-year high, the Obama Justice Department has let two Ferguson terrorists, charged with crimes that would ordinarily merit decades of hard time, plead to a sentence that will yield only 7 years in Federal prison.
The two young men, Olajuwon Ali Davis, 22, and Brandon Orlando Baldwin (aka Brandon Muhammad), 24, are members of the St. Louis Chapter of the New Black Panther Party. In the wake of the Ferguson riots following Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown, Davis and Baldwin planned a crime spree that—had they carried it off—might have dwarfed the Boston Marathon bombing in scope.
Legal Insurrection reports:
The men were originally charged with plotting to kill Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and then-Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, and planning to blow up a Ferguson police station, police vehicles, and other area targets including (according to law enforcement sources) the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch monument.
Their plan for the Arch was to plant a bomb on the observation deck.
Fortunately for the city of St. Louis and its residents, the men were stymied by a lack of funds. Legal Insurrection reports that although the men had started to stockpile guns and bombs (Baldwin worked for a licensed firearms dealership) they “had to wait until the EBT card owned by the girlfriend of one of the men was replenished.” The men were arrested on November 20 before they could carry out their plans, just a week before the grand jury failed to indict Wilson for Brown’s death, an event which led to even more rioting and destruction in the already-devastated city.
A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Eastern District of Missouri, describes the pair’s guilty plea in exchange for the vastly reduced sentence:
This morning in federal district court, defendants Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin pled guilty to planning and conspiring to blow up public buildings and police vehicles during the Ferguson protests, specifically mentioning the St. Louis County Prosecutor and the Ferguson Chief of Police as possible targets. The defendants also pled guilty to conspiring to illegally purchase firearms and distribute them to convicted felons who were not legally able to purchase or possess firearms.
The release also describes how “an undercover informant showed the defendants a recording of a controlled explosion that would be produced by the type of pipe bomb the defendants were talking about purchasing” and how the two were ultimately arrested after following through with a deal to buy three of these devices from undercover agents.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was just sentenced to death for similar crimes. The only difference appears to be that police caught these two in time.