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Virginia white supremacist arrested in Mexico

ROANOKE, Va. — After nearly a month on the run, a white supremacist convicted of threats and intimidation is back in U.S. custody.

Officials say William White of Roanoke was arrested Friday afternoon by U.S. and Mexican authorities in the Mexican resort town of Playa del Carmen.

White was wanted on a federal warrant for violating his supervised release after serving a 2 1/2-year prison sentence for making threats.

The Roanoke Times reports that U.S. Marshals Service Chief Deputy Brad Sellers said White had apparently fled the country” after the May 11 warrant was issued for him.

Sellers said White will be extradited from Mexico and returned to Roanoke, but it was unclear how long that process would take. White could face new prison time for violating the terms of his release, or a judge could extend the time he must serve under supervised release.

In December 2009, a federal jury in Roanoke convicted White for intimidating a group of apartment-complex residents in Virginia Beach, and threatening a university administrator in Delaware and a bank employee in Missouri. The federal judge in the case later dismissed the jury’s determination that the white supremacist had threatened Canadian human-rights lawyer Richard Warman.

After his release from prison in April 2011, White lived with his parents in Maryland before moving to Rockbridge County.

He had been scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Roanoke on May 14 for resentencing after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that the judge in his case did not properly follow sentencing guidelines. That hearing was canceled, and later that week a probation officer stopped by White’s home and found that he had left.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,

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