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Anza man denied bail in connection with charges of inciting violence

 

Last updated 11/2/2018 at 4:27pm

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Aaron Eason, 38, of Anza, was charged in a two-count indictment Thursday, along with three other alleged members of the so-called Rise Above Movement, on federal charges of planning and engaging in riots.

LOS ANGELES - A Riverside County man who's an alleged member of a militant Southern California white supremacist group was denied bail on Friday, Nov. 2, and ordered to remain in federal custody pending trial on charges of inciting violence at political rallies across the state.

Aaron Eason, 38, of Anza, was charged in a two-count indictment Thursday, along with three other alleged members of the so-called Rise Above Movement, on federal charges of planning and engaging in riots.

In his argument for Eason's pretrial release, defense attorney John McNicholas wrote that his client is not a member of RAM and only attended political rallies in order to protect right-wing speakers from "violent outbursts from far-left activists wearing masks,'' according to court papers.

At a detention hearing in downtown Los Angeles, U.S. Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver ordered Eason to remain behind bars prior to trial. He and alleged RAM leader Rundo will return to court Nov. 9 for arraignment hearings.

Last month, federal authorities arrested suspected group founder Benjamin Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach, and three others for their suspected roles in last year's deadly far-right rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Daley, Thomas Walter Gillen, 24, also of Redondo Beach, Michael Paul Miselis, 29, of Lawndale, and Cole Evan White, 24, of Clayton, California, are awaiting trial in Virginia.

 

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