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Pennsylvania Klan Leader Sentenced to 12 Years

Ku Klux Klan leader David Wayne Hull has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for violating federal firearms laws.

Hull, a 42-year-old Imperial Wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a small Pennsylvania-based group, gave bomb making materials to a government informant posing as an anti-abortion activist, according to prosecutors.  Hull also showed another man how to use pipe bombs during a white supremacist gathering on his property.

Hull was found guilty last May on seven counts, including possession, manufacturing, transferring and demonstrating an explosive device, tampering with a witness, possession of a silencer and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Hull's conviction under a 2002 anti-terror statute, which bans teaching how to use bombs or other weapons to commit a violent crime, is the first of its kind in this country, according to U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan.

Hull, whose criminal record dates back to 1994, was arrested at his Washington County, Pennsylvania, home in February 2003 by the Pittsburgh Joint Terrorism Task Force, which consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

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