A Eureka-native man connected to the far-right, anti-government “Boogaloo Boys” extremist movement was sentenced to four years in prison by the Manhattan Supreme Court this week for compiling a trove of illegal ghost guns and ammunition at a rental apartment in New York City.
According to the New York Post, 40-year-old Kurt Therkelsen was arrested in December of 2020 by a joint FBI-NYPD terrorism task force who raided the Airbnb he was staying in on First Avenue in Manhattan. He would ultimately plead guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
New York law enforcement claim that Therkelsen was in possession of weapons assembled from component metal and polymer parts purchased on eBay, including two 9-mm pistols, 11 high-capacity magazines and other gun parts. Police also say he was in possession of Kevlar body armor and a t-shirt that read “Kill Cops.” An analysis of text messages on Therkelsen’s phone turned up evidence of his support for the Boogaloo Boys.
More from the Post:
Therkelsen, who prosecutors said has a rap sheet in the Golden State, apparently maintained that he’d done nothing wrong, telling cops at the 13th Precinct: “What am I being charged with? I didn’t have any complete firearms,” court documents allege.
But in court Tuesday, he answered “yes” when Assistant District Attorney Eun-Ha Kim asked if he understood he’d be pleading guilty in the case.
Therkelsen mostly stayed mum for the remainder of the hearing, telling Justice Felicia Mennin he didn’t have anything further to say before she handed down the promised sentence of four years in state prison followed by two years of post-release supervision.
Therkelsen was part of Eureka High School’s class of 2000, according to Classmates.com. He was arrested in Humboldt for driving under the influence by Garberville-based California Highway Patrol in October of 2012.
Read more at the New York Post here.