A man suspected of being involved with a militia group agreed to testify against them in a double murder case. Jeffrey Roberts admitted he bought drugs for the group, but said his connection ended there.
Roberts pled guilty to six charges, which included drug possession and distribution as well as gang activity. Judge Robert Russell sentenced him to 10 years probation, predicated on his testimony. Members of the group FEAR are accused in the murder of a former member and his girlfriend. They're also suspected of plotting to seize weapons from Fort Stewart, destroy landmarks in Savannah, and help overthrow the federal government.
Isabel Pauley, assistant district attorney for the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, explained in court the members of FEAR recruited Roberts when they met him as he worked at a Savannah nightclub. Pauley said group members befriended Roberts with money and promises of a job running security when the group opened a nightclub in Washington state.
Pauley said, then, the group pressured Roberts to find drugs for them and provided him money to buy marijuana, cocaine, and more. That is when he began to distance himself from them, she told the court. In response, she asserted, the group tried to have Roberts killed.
"We used the word 'victim' in court describing this individual today and it's fitting in many aspects," Pauley said.
In entering his plea, Roberts told the court he fully regretted ever meeting the members of FEAR and he worried it would affect him for the rest of his life.