Former Klan member faces more prison time on weapons charge
A former member of the Ku Klux Klan who has already served prison time for illegally burning a cross pleaded guilty Friday to a federal weapons violation. Steven Joshua Dinkle, 30, of Ozark faces up to ten years in prison.
During his plea hearing in U.S. District Court, Dinkle admitted to carry and posing for photos with a pistol. Dinkle is a former Exalted Cyclopes of the Ozark Chapter of the International Keystone Knights.
Dinkle was previously convicted in May, 2014 of several hate crimes for the cross burning in a predominantly black Ozark neighborhood. Court records show his was released in May, 2015.
However, Dinkle was re-arrested a few months later in for violating terms of his release and sent back to prison. Following his second release, he was arrested for the weapons violation.
He faces 10 years on the latest charge.
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