WICHITA, Kan — A wounded veteran has been charged with targeting members of a fundamentalist Kansas church infamous for protesting at soldiers’ funerals.
Ryan Newell of Marion was charged Thursday with five misdemeanor counts after he allegedly followed members of the Westboro Baptist Church after a protest two days earlier at a Mulvane school. The 26-year-old veteran, identified by one charity as a one-time Army sergeant, was armed with a M4 rifle and two pistols when he was arrested, authorities say. He is being held on $500,000 bond.
Charges filed include intentional conduct causing fear to a person or family, three counts of unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and one count of falsely representing himself to be a law enforcement officer.
He did not have an attorney for his court appearance Thursday. Trial was tentatively set for Dec. 12.
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