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Terry Eugene Peace

Brian Edward Cannon

Cory Robert Williamson

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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:57 pm | Updated: 12:49 am, Tue Feb 25, 2014.

Three Romans arrested on federal firearms charges over the weekend were allegedly trying to obtain pipe bombs and other explosives to carry out guerilla warfare-style attacks against government facilities, according to Federal Bureau of Investigations agents.

Terry Eugene Peace, 45; Brian Edward Cannon, 36; and Cory Robertson Williamson, 28 — all of 22 Tumlin Drive — have each been charged under federal law with conspiracy to receive and possess a firearm.

The three men were being held at Floyd County Jail for the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday, following their first appearance Tuesday in federal magistrate court.

The group was arrested in Cartersville during an FBI-led operation that included FBI SWAT and the police departments of Rome, Floyd County and Bartow County.

According to the affidavit and criminal complaint filed by FBI Agent Adam Roland:

The three men participated in online chat discussions between Jan. 23 and Feb. 15 that were monitored by the FBI.

During the online conversations they discussed using guerilla war tactics and planned to launch the attacks against the government this month. They specifically targeted several federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  Peace talked with an FBI “confidential human source”  on Feb. 8 about getting several explosive devices, including a thermite-mix charge strong enough “to go through the engine block of a MRPA.”

An MRPA — mine-resistant ambush protection vehicle — is an armored vehicle used in the military and law enforcement.

Peace also told the FBI source he wanted pipe bombs constructed for “maximum fragmentation.”

“If he can hook us up with, say, 12 pipe bombs, that will be sweet,” said Peace, according the report.

That same day, Cannon had a conversation with another source and stated the group was planning to “start the fight” with the government by strategically sabotaging power grids, transfer stations, and water treatment facilities — in hopes of a declaration of martial law.  

 “Cannon claimed this action would cause mass hysteria and if enough sabotage was successful, then martial law, therefore trigging other militias to join the fight,” Roland’s report stated.

On Feb. 13, Peace, Cannon and Williamson went to the Country Sportsman on Shorter Avenue in Rome. There, Peace bought a Mossberg .308 caliber rifle as well as scope, stand and gun case.

The group planned to meet in Tennessee on Feb. 15 with the first FBI source, which they believed was working with them to get the explosives. The meeting location was later changed to a location in Cartersville.

FBI agents had given the source 12 inert pipe bombs and two thermite devices. When Peace, Cannon and Williams took possession of the items, agents swooped down and arrested them.

Three rifles were found in the cab of the truck. Peace and Cannon, who were both wearing body armor, were armed with pistols.

The men were initially held in the Bartow County Jail but transferred to the Floyd County Jail after their Tuesday hearing in Rome.

 

Previously posted: Details of an FBI investigation into three Rome men who were allegedly plotting to attack government facilities were released Wednesday.

Terry Eugene Peace, 45, Brian Edward Cannon, 36, and Cory Robertson Williamson, 28 — all of 22 Tumlin Drive — have each been charged under federal law with conspiracy to receive and possess a firearm.

The three men were being held at Floyd County Jail for the US Marshall Service on Wednesday, following their first appearance Tuesday in federal magistrate court.

The group were arrested in Cartersville after an earlier FBI led operation in the Cartersville and Rome area that included FBI SWAT,  Rome Police Department, Floyd County Police Department and Bartow County Police Department.

According to the affidavit and criminal complaint filed by FBI Agent Adam Roland:

Peace, Cannon and Williamson were in violation Title 18, of United States Code, Section 371, by conspiring to receive non-registered destructive devices. 

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