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Militia Leader Pleads Guilty Amid Reports of Escape Plot

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The young Army private who is the self proclaimed leader of FEAR, an anti-government militia formed at Fort Stewart today confessed to planning a plot to kill two young teenagers. 22-year-old Isaac Aguigui avoided the death penalty by pleading to six counts, including two murder counts. Aguigui admitted to plotting to kill 19-year-old Michael Roark who had left the military just days before the December 5th killing in 2011. Aguigui told the judge he had ordered the killings and that 17-year-old Tiffany York died only because Roark had brought her along. "We realized she would be a witness so we had to execute Tiffany too," Aguigui said.

Aguigui said two other militia members, Anthony Peden and Christopher Salmon, actually did the killings as he watched. Aguigui said Peden had shot York before she could exit the car.  He said Salmon dragged Roark from the car and forced him down on his knees.  Aguigui said he then told Roark to look at the car where his girlfriend and just been shot in the head.  "and then I said to him that his failure to follow instructions was the reason Tiffany was dead," Aguigui told the judge in a steady voice that showed no emotion.  Aguigui said he then walked away from Roark and heard Salmon firing as he walked away.

Peden and Salmon were also in court today amid tight security. There was at least one officer wearing a bullet proof best and we saw one man outside with a weapon. Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles said they had received word that there may be an escape attempt today during transport of the prisoners. Nobles said they had people from GBI and the Camden County sheriff department assisting his staff. He would not elaborate on the reported plot or who may have been involved. But an attorney for Anthony Peden said in court that his client had not been part of any escape plot.

Family members of both Roark and York were both present today when Aguigui described how he, Peden and Salmon had lured the two teenagers to a wooded area the night of the murders. Brenda Thomas who is Tiffany York's mother was allowed to testify before Aguigui was sentenced to life without parole. She looked at all three soldiers telling "I hope you spend the rest of your miserable lives in prison having to think about what you did to our kids."

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