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Three alleged extremists with local ties indicted in Delaware and Maryland

A surveillance photograph from a court document shows Patrik J. Mathews (left) and Brian M. Lemley, Jr. (right) exiting a store in Delaware after allegedly buying ammunition and paper targets.

Three alleged members of the white supremacist organization The Base have been indicted on federal firearm- and alien-related charges in Delaware and Maryland.

A grand jury in Maryland charged William G. Bilbrough IV of Denton, Maryland with transporting and harboring an alien and conspiring to do so. 

Brian M. Lemley, Jr., and Canadian national Patrik J. Mathews—who lived in Newark, Delaware for several months— were indicted in Delaware and Maryland on immigration and firearm charges, including some related to an unregistered machine gun. They are also charged in Delaware with trying to obstruct justice by allegedly destroying their cell phones before they were arrested. 

The two allegedly built a functioning assault rifle in Newark and gathered rations, ammunition and radio supplies there in anticipation of a “civil war” they hoped would begin during the gun-rights rally in Richmond earlier this month. 

All three men were arrested several days before the rally, which ended peacefully. 

In a statement, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss commended the FBI Baltimore Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their work in the investigation. 


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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