The Latest: Federal judge orders militia leader held in jail
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the federal case against the leader of an armed group that detained asylum-seeking families near the U.S.-Mexico border(all times local):
A federal magistrate judge has ordered the leader of an armed group that detained asylum-seeking families near the U.S.-Mexico border to remain jailed as he awaits trial on a federal firearms charge.
Larry Mitchell Hopkins pleaded not guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms during a detention hearing Monday in Albuquerque.
A federal prosecutor argued Hopkins posed a flight risk and danger to the public if released, citing his history of felony convictions, and use of aliases.
The charge against Hopkins stems from a 2017 visit by an FBI agent to his home in New Mexico.
Hopkins’ attorney questioned prosecutors’ argument that the 69-year-old posed a threat, given two years had passed between the 2017 encounter and his arrest April 20 in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
A federal courthouse has been evacuated ahead of a hearing for the leader of an armed group that detained asylum-seeking families near the U.S.-Mexico border.
The U.S. Marshals Service said it could not immediately provide information on why the courthouse had been cleared Monday. Attorneys and court officials exited and gathered in front of the courthouse in Albuquerque.
Larry Mitchell Hopkins, the militia leader who has been indicted on a weapons charge, was escorted out of the courtroom where he had been waiting to appear before a magistrate judge for a detention hearing.
He faces a weapons charge stemming from a 2017 visit by an FBI agent to his home in northwestern New Mexico.
He was arrested April 20 in Sunland Park, New Mexico.