5 More Indicted in Fort Stewart Militia Case

By Ryan Smith

Five more men have been indicted in connection with a militia group said to have carried out the murder of a former Fort Stewart soldier and his girlfriend, the Associated Press reports. Four of the men are former soldiers.

Christopher Jenderseck, 26, Adam Dearman, 27, Timothy Joiner, 21, and Anthony Garner, 23, all former soldiers, were indicted Tuesday on charges of illegal gang activity, including auto break-ins and burglaries, according to the AP. Dearman’s brother, civilian Randall Blake Dearman, was also charged.

According to Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson, Dearman, Joiner and Garner were all administratively separated from the Army between 2011 and 2012. Jenderseck’s term of service ended in April.

Prosecutors say the group committed crimes to help fund the activities of the militia group F.E.A.R. (Forever Enduring Always Ready). Other alleged members of the group are charged in the December slayings of former Fort Stewart soldier Michael Roark and Roark’s 17-year-old girlfriend Tiffany York.

Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, Sgt. Anthony Peden and Pvt. Christopher Salmon could face the death penalty if convicted for the killings. A fourth soldier, Pfc. Michael Burnett, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and is testifying against the other three defendants. According to testimony from Burnett, Aguigui ordered the killings because Roark — thought to be a member of the militia — had left the Army and it was feared he might betray the group.

Prosecutors say members of the militia plotted to take over Fort Stewart, bomb targets in Savannah and Washington state and assassinate the president.

Prosecutors say they don’t know how many members the militia has. Fort Stewart authorities, however, say they don’t believe there are any militia members still under the radar.

“We remain confident there are no unknown subjects,” Larson wrote in an email to Fort Stewart Patch. “The five individuals indicted today—four former Soldiers—were known to the investigation and were not publicly identified previously to preserve the integrity of the investigation and ongoing civilian legal proceedings.”

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