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Coast Guard lieutenant expected to plead guilty in gun case

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Posted at 10:00 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 22:00:52-04

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling weapons and drafting a hit list of prominent Democrats and TV journalists is expected to plead guilty in a case charging him with gun and drug offenses.

A docket entry says Christopher Hasson is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday for a re-arraignment, which typically signals a plea agreement has been reached.

A person with direct knowledge of Hasson's plans said he is expected to plead guilty during his court appearance in Greenbelt, Maryland. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a plea deal hasn't been announced.

Federal prosecutors called Hasson a self-described white nationalist and domestic terrorist intent on carrying out a mass killing, but they haven't filed any terrorism-related charges against him since his February arrest.