Man found guilty of planning attack on white supremacist

TV 8 News, Michigan/January 13, 2007

Bay City, Michigan -- An Oklahoma man was found guilty Friday of carrying explosives across state lines and planning an attack on white supremacist leader James P. Wickstrom.

A U.S. District Court jury in Bay City convicted Keith Kallstrom, 57, of Broken Arrow, Okla., of two counts of possessing and transporting four hand grenades across state lines and five counts of using the mail for a murder-for-hire scheme, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy.

A sentencing date was not immediately scheduled. Kallstrom faces up to 10 years in prison.

Kallstrom had traveled to Michigan in August 2005 to look for his estranged wife, who at the time was living with Wickstrom in Gladwin, Murphy said.

Bay County sheriff's deputies arrested Kallstrom after receiving a 911 call about a suspicious man sitting in a vehicle. They said the vehicle was filled with weapons and four live grenades.

Police said Kallstrom was jailed in Bay County awaiting trial on the weapons charges when he met another inmate to whom he offered $5,000 to murder Wickstrom and Wickstrom's son. Kallstrom also urged the inmate to follow through on the agreement in a series of letters the inmate turned over to the FBI, Murphy said.

Wickstrom teaches a doctrine that whites are God's chosen people, Jews are evil and blacks and other races are inferior. According to his Web site, he is 63 years old and lives in Rhodes, an unincorporated community in Gladwin County.

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