Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution says it has secured the conviction of two members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan for conspiracy to commit first degree murder.
A Columbia County jury found David Elliot Moran, 49, and Charles Thomas Newcomb, 45, guilty of one count each for plotting to kill a former inmate.
According to a release from Pam Bondi's office, the convicted were arrested in 2015 along with defendant Thomas Jordan Driver, 27, following an investigation by members of the North Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigation, with assistance from additional federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
Officials say the joint investigation revealed that Newcomb, Moran and Driver enlisted an FBI informant to kill a former inmate as retaliation for a fight between the former inmate and Driver.
According to case records, the murder plot was captured on recorded conversations between the three subjects and the FBI informant.
Prosecutors say at the time of the murder conspiracy, Driver and Moran were correctional officers for the Florida Department of Corrections, and Newcomb was a former correctional officer.
In March 2017, Driver pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Bondi said of the case, "We will continue to work daily to ensure the KKK or any other hate-filled organization is unable to inflict violence on the citizens of our great state."
Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecuted the case.