Alleged domestic terrorist in Nevada pleads not guilty

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On Tuesday, Nicolai Howard Mork pleaded not guilty in a Las Vegas court on charges related to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

The 40 year-old Mork was arrested in December after police raided his home, finding 300 pounds of chemicals related to the building of explosives, as well as a suppressed pistol with its serial number discarded.

Mork’s lawyer, Nicolas Woodridge, insists that the case is nothing more than a “modern day witch hunt.” Facing additional felony charges of possession of explosives and gun charges, Mork maintains police mistook what he deems are traditional firing range supplies for tools of terrorism. Woodridge said that his client’s possession of such materials are used as exploding targets on the firing range and are not prohibited by law.

“Mr. Mork is not a terrorist,” Wooldridge said. “He has never held beliefs of wanting to hurt the state of Nevada or wanting to hurt the public at large. Even if he did what they say he did, I don’t think it rises to the level of terrorism.”

When neighbors reported fires in the vicinity of Mork’s Las Vegas home, a police investigation uncovered 251 pounds of ammonium nitrate, 26 pounds of aluminum powder and 10 pounds of red iron oxide. Most notably, ammonium nitrate was used in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.

Despite Mork’s claims, Deputy Las Vegas Police Chief Chris Jones believes the manner in which the chemicals were tested suggests his intentions “[were] not for legal purposes.”
Mork, who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s in business administration, was re-arrested on April 5 after further terrorism charges were presented. He was initially free on $220,000 bail. Terror charges carry a potential life sentence in the state of Nevada.
A report on Mork’s court appearance this afternoon can be seen below:

H/T: Charlotte Observer

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