Militia Man Sentenced in Wyoming

  • November 12, 2007

A Chief U.S. District Court Judge sentenced Richard T. Serafin to nearly seven years in federal prison for firearms violations.

Serafin, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced on October 23, 2007. He received 18 months for possession of unregistered firearms, and 60 months for possession of firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence- the intended crime of violence stemming from the possession of two AR-15 type rifles which the federal government deems to be designed solely for the purpose of killing people.

During the original investigation, Serafin told an undercover Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent that he is the leader of a tiny militia group called the 45th Battalion, 44th Field Force (Central Wyoming Militia), and of his alleged personal plans to move to the Arizona/ Mexico border to assist in killing immigrants.

The Judge further sentenced Serafin to three years of conditional supervised release, requiring payment of child support, substance abuse treatment, routine searches, and abstention from alcohol use.

Serafin was convicted of the firearms charges on August 3, after a week-long jury trial in Casper, following his original arrest on February 7, 2007 for selling one of the AR-15 rifles to the undercover agent while armed.  

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation into Serafin first began in March, 2006, after Serafin illegally purchased a silencer over the Internet from Germany.