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Anthony Todd Weverka of Arapahoe was charged Monday with knowing of the existence of solicitation to commit a crime of violence and attempted kidnapping, but not disclosing them to authorities and concealing those offenses through affirmative acts. 

The official charge is “misprision of a felony,” Acting U.S. Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced. The federal charge carries a possible penalty of up three years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both. 

Weverka, 54, was taken into custody by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents Monday in Arapahoe. 

According to the indictment, Weverka served as the president of the Arapahoe Airport Board.  In that capacity, he met an individual, Michael Wayne Parsons, who flew a plane to the airport and asked to spend the night on the premises. 

Parsons is charged with being a fugitive from justice, having failed to appear for trial on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm in Tipton County, Tenn. 

The indictment also alleges Parsons represented himself to be an ambassador and associate chief justice of the Chilcotin Nation in British Columbia, Canada. He was arrested at the airport by federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.

Following his arrest, Parsons was taken to the Furnas County jail in Beaver City, where he was held pending extradition to Tennessee. 

The indictment alleges that another individual, referred to as “S.H.,” and holding herself out as the Chief Justice of the Universal Supreme Court of the Tshilhqot’in Nation, (USCTN), a self-proclaimed body purporting to represent the “country” of Chilcotin, issued orders demanding Parsons release.

When her court “orders” were ignored, the indictment alleges she contacted a bounty hunter in New Orleans, and offered to pay him to break M.P. out of jail, arrest the Furnas County sheriff as well as the presiding judge in Tipton County, Tenn. and transport all of them to Canada where the sheriff and judge would face purported criminal charges. 

The indictment alleges Weverka learned of the plot to take the Furnas County Sheriff into custody but did not immediately disclose the same to law enforcement authorities. 

It further alleges Weverka spoke repeatedly with the woman in Canada, who held herself to be the chief justice of the USCTN, and further, that he supplied her with the home address of the sheriff. 

After learning of the plot, it is alleged that Weverka warned the sheriff that his life might be in danger but did not disclose his full knowledge of the planned abduction. 

The indictment alleges Weverka committed the crime of “misprision of felony” by concealing the crime through false statements, omitting material facts and continuing to provide assistance to those whom he believed were involved in the plot.

Weverka’s initial appearance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday before Magistrate Judge Cheryl Zwart at the federal courthouse in Lincoln.

 

Parsons

In a separate indictment, Michael Wayne Parsons, 55, of Arlington, Tenn. is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Specifically, it alleges Parsons, after conviction of the felony offense of aggravated assault on Nov. 23, 2009, in the Circuit Court of Tipton County, Tenn., was located in Nebraska on Jan. 11, 2017, while in possession of a Rock River 5.56 LAR-15 assault rifle and 637 rounds of ammunition. 

The charge carries a possible penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both. Parsons is currently in custody in the state of Tennessee awaiting trial of other charges. 

This matter was investigated by the FBI, the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said the indictments are charging documents that are merely accusations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/1/2017
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