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White supremacist gets probation in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota judge sentenced a white supremacist Tuesday to four years of probation but no additional jail time for terrorizing residents of the small community of Leith, where he tried unsuccessfully to establish an all-white enclave and has left behind a legacy of fear.

Craig Cobb, 62, had been jailed since mid-November when he was arrested on seven felony terrorizing counts for scaring residents while patrolling Leith with a gun. The Mercer County Jail confirmed that Cobb was freed later Tuesday — a reality that scares officials in Leith.

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‘‘Now we’ve got this lunatic out on the street again,’’ City Councilman Lee Cook said after the sentencing.

Cobb — who says he is not a violent man — moved to Leith more than two years ago, bought a house and 12 other lots, and encouraged other white supremacists to join him to create a voting majority in the community of about two dozen residents. In August, he publicized his plans to fill the town with other white supremacists and take over the town government.

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Mayor Ryan Schock, who had wanted a four-year prison term for Cobb, said outside the court that it would take a long time for the town to recover.

Cobb said he now plans to seek permission to move to Missouri to care for his mother.

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