Young soldier had entire arsenal in his bedroom – Appears in federal court today
The 21-year-old US soldier, who was recently arrested for leaking classified military documents (PentagonLeaks) and is also accused of keeping an arsenal in his bedroom, will appear today in US District Court in Worcester, Massachusetts, to decide whether he will remain in custody before his trial.
Federal prosecutors are expected to argue that he should remain in custody because he poses a national security risk, due to the weapons found in his possession and past “dangerous” statements about the massacre.
DOJ detention memo for Jack Teixeira https://t.co/uUkMVM5rjX /1
— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) April 27, 2023
Jack Douglas Teixeira, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, was arrested by the FBI on April 13 at his home and charged with violating the Espionage Act.
See related: The charges and sentences Teixeira faces
Guns, ammunition, gas masks and statements about “slaughtering idiots”
Teixeira, who lived with his mother and stepfather, kept a gun cabinet about half a meter from his bed that contained revolvers, repeating rifles and a military-style rifle with a high-capacity magazine.
FBI agents also found a gas mask, ammunition and what appeared to be a “silencer in his desk drawer,” according to prosecutors’ argument in support of their case that Teixeira should remain in custody pending trial. his.
#NSTworld Jack Douglas Teixeira was arrested by the FBI on April 13 at his home in Massachusetts and charged with violating the Espionage Act.https://t.co/CSt8rfrAo0
— New Straits Times (@NST_Online) April 27, 2023
“The defendant poses an unequivocal danger to the United States at large because of his ability to pose an extremely serious threat to the national security of the United States,” according to the motion filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Rachel Rollins’ office. “However there is also evidence to suggest that the defendant may also pose a risk of physical integrity to the community.”
In 2018, he was expelled from school after he was heard making racist threats and making comments about guns. Teixeira made the comments in reference to a video game, according to prosecutors.
More recently, in November 2022, Teixeira said that if he had his way, he would “kill a ton of people” because it would be a “slaughter of idiots,” prosecutors said in documents supporting their motion. to remain in custody.
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