The Rome News Tribune reports that five more men have been indicted on charges stemming from what prosecutors described as the ritual beheading of a ram during a white supremacist paramilitary training camp in October 2019.
According to FBI records and information presented in court:
They join three other North Georgia men already charged in the act, which stemmed from a gathering in Silver Creek of members of a racist anti-governmental group called the Base. Patrik Mathews, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, Brian Mark Lemley Jr., Brandon Gregory Ashley and Duncan Christopher Trimmel face aggravated animal cruelty and theft charges in Floyd County Superior Court.
The Base is a primarily online collective of hardcore neo-Nazis who seek to destabilize the government through acts of violence.
On several occasions Luke Lane of Rome, Michael Helterbrand of Dalton and Jacob Kaderli of Dacula met with other members of the Base from across the country at the 100-acre property owned by Lane’s family on John Ingram Road in Silver Creek.