A federal judge Wednesday reversed his decision to allow bond for a Florida Army National Guard soldier in custody on explosives charges after prosecutors released additional evidence they say shows the self-described neo-Nazi leader is a threat to the public.
The reversal raises more questions about why Pfc. Brandon Russell and a friend came to the Keys in late May loaded for bear in a car hauling cargo that included guns, military fatigues, a skull mask and homemade detonators.
United States Attorney’s Office prosecutors held an emergency hearing in Tampa Tuesday after Magistrate Judge Thomas McCoun agreed to set bond last Friday for Russell, 21, who was arrested May 21 at a Key Largo Burger King. Inside his car, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies and FBI agents found two rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, high-capacity magazines, his Army fatigues, binoculars and the skull mask.
“At present, the government proffers sufficient evidence for a finding the defendant poses a risk of harm to others should he be released,” McCoun wrote Wednessday, staying his June 9 order to allow $200,000 bond.
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