7 Arrested On Hate Crime, Conspiracy Charges

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Seven people, with ties to what Florida law enforcement officials called a white supremacist and known domestic terrorist organization, were arrested on felony conspiracy and hate crime charges in a FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force operation.

Authorities arrested 39-year-old Marcus Faella, and wife 36-year-old Patricia Faella, on Friday, along with 29-year-old Mark McGowan and his wife 25-year-old Jennifer McGowan. Others arrested and taken to Osceola County Jail were 28-year-old Diane Stevens, 25-year-old Paul Jackson and 22-year-old Kent McLellan.

Each was charged with paramilitary training, attempt to shoot into an occupied dwelling and evidence of prejudices while committing offense, a first-degree felony.

All were held on bonds totaling more than $500,000. Only Marcus and Patricia Faella had bonded out Monday afternoon.

It was not immediately known if they have an attorney.

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