A former Georgia deputy has admitted to amassing a cache of almost a dozen unregistered firearms, after an FBI investigation into an extremist group uncovered the officer’s textual content messages by which he boasted about beating up a black man, used racial slurs and praised Nazis.
Cody Griggers, 28, of Montrose, pleaded responsible on Monday to 1 depend of possession of an unregistered firearm earlier than US District Decide Tilman Self, the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the Center District of Georgia stated in a information launch.
‘This former regulation enforcement officer knew that he was breaking the regulation when he selected to own a cache of unregistered weapons, silencers and a machine gun, maintaining a lot of them in his obligation automobile. Coupled along with his violent racially motivated excessive statements, the defendant has misplaced the privilege completely of sporting the blue,’ Performing US Legal professional Peter Leary stated.
Cody Grigger, a former Wilkinson County sheriff’s deputy in Georgia, has pleaded responsible to 1 depend of possession of an unregistered firearm following an FBI probe into an extremist group
Federal officers raided Grigger’s house in Montrose, Georgia (pictured), and his patrol automobile, and located a number of unlawful firearms, together with a machine gun
Griggers, who’s a former US Marine, served as a Wilkinson County sheriff’s deputy for simply over a yr and was fired final November after the FBI uncovered his alleged ties to an extremist group referred to as ‘Shadow Moses,’ or ‘Shadmo.’
Federal brokers in California have been wanting right into a San Diego resident making violent political statements on Fb final August after they got here throughout a bunch textual content with Griggers.
Within the textual content addressed to fellow members of the ‘Shadow Moses’ group, Griggers — who’s white — stated he was manufacturing and buying unlawful firearms, explosives and suppressors.
He ‘additionally expressed viewpoints according to racially motivated violent extremism, together with using racial slurs, slurs in opposition to homosexuals and making frequent optimistic references to the Nazi holocaust,’ the US lawyer’s workplace stated.
Based on an FBI affidavit, Griggers bragged about pummeling a black man who he stated tried to steal a gun journal from a neighborhood gun retailer. He added that the beating of the suspect, whom he referred to utilizing a racial slur, provided him ‘candy stress reduction.’
Wilkinson County Sheriff Richard Chatman, who’s black, informed the Macon Telegraph that the beating described by Griggers within the group textual content by no means occurred, primarily based on an intensive evaluate of information from the time of the purported arrest.
Chatman famous that there isn’t a gun retailer within the county, and that Griggers seemingly labored within the county jail on the time of supposed beating. The sheriff speculated that his former deputy was probably ‘being braggadocios.’
Wilkinson County Sheriff Richard Chatman speculated that Griggers was being braggadocios when he boasted about beating up a black man
The affidavit additionally said that Griggers had mentioned a plan to ‘cost black folks with felonies so as to hold them from voting,’ and in addition talked concerning the prospect of ‘killing liberal politicians.’
Based on the courtroom doc, different members of the ‘Shadow Moses’ group chimed in, claiming they might ‘make it appear like Muslim’s have been behind the political assassinations.
On November 19, 2020, brokers searched Griggers’ house on Georgia Freeway 112 in Montrose and his patrol automobile. Inside his police automobile, officers discovered a number of firearms, together with a machine gun with an obliterated serial quantity, in line with authorities.
The machine gun was not issued to Griggers for work, and he was not allowed to have the weapon in his regulation enforcement automobile, authorities stated.
In all, federal officers stated they discovered 11 unlawful firearms, together with an unregistered brief barrel shotgun in his house.
‘All regulation enforcement officers swear an oath to uphold the regulation and defend each citizen they serve,’ stated Chris Hacker, Particular Agent in Cost of FBI Atlanta. ‘Griggers clearly violated his oath along with his egregious actions and has no place in regulation enforcement.’
Griggers, who was detained at a pretrial listening to and stays in custody, faces as much as 10 years in jail and a most high quality of $250,000 when he’s sentenced on July 6.