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Man Held For Months Reaches Plea Deal

POSTED: 5:01 p.m. EST October 28, 2003
UPDATED: 1:30 p.m. EST October 29, 2003

BALTIMORE -- Declaring that he had been demonized by the media and could never expect a fair trial, a 61-year-old man who has spent nearly four months in jail after police seized gunpowder, guns and ammunition from his home pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges.

Wheeler Has Day In Court

As part of a plea bargain agreement, Lovell Wheeler pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, possession of more than five pounds of smokeless gunpowder, and storing smokeless gunpowder in something other than its original containers. He received a five-year suspended sentence and three years supervised probation.

Wheeler also agreed to forfeit all of the guns, ammunition, and gun components seized and he agreed that he will not possess, purchase or manufacture any of those items for three years.

But he also was unrepentant.

Wheeler told Judge Lynn K. Stewart that he had been arrested on a warrant "bogus as a two dollar bill" by "jack-booted thugs."

He said he had been falsely described in the media as a white supremacist and a member of a neo-Nazi party.

"I'm not white," Wheeler declared, turning to face the courtroom crowded with media. "I'm a half-breed Indian. You can see by the shape of my face. And I'm not a member of any organization."

Police raided Wheeler's house July 1 and seized 62 pounds of smokeless powder, 22 guns, ammunition, body armor and weapon parts. During the raid, Wheeler handed officers literature from the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group based in West Virginia, and told them a race war was coming, according to court documents.

He was initially granted bail of $2 million, but a judge revoked it after prosecutors argued Wheeler was a threat to the community. The case was championed by civil libertarians, who argued it was unusual and unfair for a man to be held without bail on misdemeanor charges.

Wheeler's attorney, Brian G. Thompson, accused city police of "overly aggressive tactics" and called upon the mayor and city council to investigate their conduct of the case.

"They handled it totally inappropriately," said Thompson.

Prosecutors said they were satisfied that Wheeler had been disarmed.

"His statements that led to the search and seizure warrant indicated he thought he was in some type of war," said Doug Ludwig, an assistant state's attorney. "That was the basis for his being held. Whether he still thinks he's in a war, I don't know. I hope not, but we'll continue to monitor the situation."

Wheeler's wife, Elizabeth said Wednesday she does not remember her husband talking about a war.

His attorney had said Wheeler made and sold guns as a hobby and does not remember talking about a "race war." Thompson insisted Wheeler, who has diabetes and a heart condition, is not a danger.