A New York man has been sentenced to 36 years in prison term for building bombs and delivering guns to two New Hampshire tax protesters who held off authorities for nine months before their arrest a year ago.
Daniel Riley, 40, of Cohoes, north of Albany, is the fourth supporter of Ed and Elaine Brown to be jailed for helping them thwart arrest after January 2007 convictions on tax-related felonies. Undercover federal marshals arrested the Browns in October 2007 without incident after posing as anti-tax supporters. They are serving terms of more than five years for avoiding income taxes, which they consider illegitimate, on $1.9 million of income between 1996 and 2003. They have not been charged for the standoff.
The Browns' home was fortified by concrete walls. Agents seized 22 pipe bombs; semiautomatic, assault-type rifles strategically placed throughout the house; 60,000 rounds of ammunition; metal cans of gunpowder with fuses or ready to accept fuses, some wrapped in nails intended to become shrapnel; and nine homemade antipersonnel mines intended to fire shotgun shells from trees when marshals hit tripwires. Prosecutors said Riley built the mines and brought in a 50-caliber, high-powered rifle.
"Those devices, also known as spring guns, were designed exclusively to kill U.S. deputy marshals attempting to arrest the Browns," U.S. Attorney Thomas Colantuono said in a statement Tuesday after Riley's conviction.