Fairbanksans React to ‘2-4-1’ Trial Verdicts
• Feb. 4-6, 2011: Cox’s militia associates attend a militia convention in Anchorage to investigate buying grenades and other illegal weapons, according to the FBI, which had been monitoring Cox for at least 10 months. Cox stayed home because his wife was giving birth to their second child.
• Feb. 12, 2011: According to the FBI, Cox announced a murder plot called “2-4-1” (two-for-one) to four members of his Peacemakers Militia. The plan involved a kind of retributive justice, by which militia members would kidnap two law enforcement officers if Cox or other militia members were arrested. Two targets were to be killed if Cox was killed, and two government buildings were to be burned if Cox’s house was seized, according to the investigation.
• Feb. 14, 2011: A warrant was issued for Cox’s arrest after he did not show up at his jury trial on the misdemeanor weapons charge.
• March 10, 2011: FBI, U.S. Marshals and Alaska State Troopers arrive at militia members’ homes in Fairbanks, the North Pole area, Salcha and the Elliott Highway. Cox and four militia members are arrested on state charges including conspiracy to commit murder. Cox also faces federal weapons charges. Two co-defendants, Lonnie Vernon and Karen Vernon of Salcha are accused of a separate plot in federal court to allegedly kill a federal judge, members of his family and an IRS agent.
• Oct. 17, 2011: A state judge banned the use of more than 100 hours of electronic surveillance in the murder conspiracy case, costing prosecutors a large quantity of evidence against Cox.
• Oct. 28, 2011: The state of Alaska dismissed all charges against the five defendants in the murder conspiracy case and released one from jail. Federal charges against the other four defendants, including Cox, remain in place. The dismissals follow a recent court ruling that keeps prosecutors from using secret FBI recordings as evidence.
• Jan. 23, 2012: Cox and two others again faced murder conspiracy charges, this time from federal prosecutors who say the three had a plan as far back as 2009 to kill federal officials, including TSA employees, border patrol agents and U.S. marshals.
• May 8, 2012: An Anchorage jury of seven men and nine women hear opening arguments in the case against Cox, Coleman Barney and Lonnie Vernon.
• June 13: Closing arguments are made.
• June 18: Jury reaches conviction.