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Ex-Army medic connected to militia group pleads guilty

Christopher Jenderseck, with his lawyer in court Monday, agreed to testify against other defendants.

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Christopher Jenderseck, with his lawyer in court Monday, agreed to testify against other defendants.

HINESVILLE, Ga. — A former Army medic pleaded guilty Monday to destroying evidence in a double slaying to protect what prosecutors say was a militia group operating within the military at Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia.

Christopher Jenderseck of Minnesota, formerly a private first class, was allowed to avoid further jail time under the plea deal he accepted.

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Jenderseck is among 10 people accused by prosecutors of belonging to a group that plotted to bomb a Savannah park fountain, poison apples in Washington state, and assassinate the president.

Eight of the suspects are current and former Fort Stewart soldiers.

Officials said Jenderseck admitted to destroying clothing, shotgun shells, and a cellphone after the December killings of former soldier Michael Roark and his girlfriend, Tiffany York. He agreed to testify against other defendants.

Prosecutors said the suspects committed burglaries, thefts, and car break-ins to finance a militia called FEAR, or Forever Enduring Always Ready.

Three suspected members of the group were charged with murdering Roark and York, to prevent them from revealing the existence of the militia group.

The two had just been released from the service days before.

Officials said the suspects legally bought at least 18 handguns and rifles in Georgia and Washington state, and they also amassed materials to make pipe bombs.

Fort Stewart, about 40 miles south of Savannah, is home to the Army’s Third Infantry Division.

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