White supremacist receives six years in federal prison

Associated Press/March 18, 2004

Atlanta -- A white supremacist convicted on federal gun charges was sentenced Thursday to almost six years in prison.

Chester James Doles, 43, of Dahlonega, who federal agents said served as state leader for the National Alliance, was arrested in March 2003 when federal agents raided his home and found a dozen guns. An informant had been recording conversations with Doles since July 2001.

The U.S. attorney's office said Doles had been holding monthly meetings of extremists on his property before his arrest.

Because Doles received sentences totaling 10 years in prison in Maryland on battery and burglary convictions in the 1990s, federal law prohibits him from owning firearms. He pleaded guilty Jan. 12.

U.S. District Judge Richard Story sentenced Doles to five years and 10 months in federal prison. Doles will also be supervised for three years after his release.

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