Shawn Begolly, the father of ‘Nazi jihadist’ Emerson Begolly (who allegedly bit two FBI agents when they tried to question him about extremist writings the feds say he posted online), wants the arsenal of weapons the government seized from his home back now that his son is behind bars.Begolly argues through his lawyer that it is his son who the feds have accused of wrongdoing, not him.
“Since no criminal activity is alleged that involves Mr. Shawn Begolly’s property, Mr. Begolly seeks to have his property returned,” his lawyer R. Damien Schorr wrote in a motion filed last week. “He has suffered loss of income from the seizure of his computers and related equipment, and is deprived of the use and enjoyment of his remaining property.”
“The items seized include computers and related equipment used by Mr. Begolly to earn a living and firearms and other property owned by him,” Schorr writes.
The motion includes a copy of a five-page receipt of the property seized by the FBI. The weapons seized included: an AK-47 with folding stock; a magazine with ammo; two more AK-47s; two mags and 1 loose round; a Sleoneng model 77F Savage arms shotgun; four unknown rifles with bayonets; a SKS rifle with bayonet; Springfield model 6 series E; a double-barrel shotgun; a Revolver 5 shot; a gas mask; a single [unreadable] shot gun; four more magazines; miscellaneous ammo; 12 boxes of ammo cans with ammo; two canvass ammo pouch with ammo; a hand grenade; three mags with ammo; and a Ruger revolver.
The computer equipment seized included: an IBM thinkpad; a Gateway laptop; a CPU; seven USB drives; various CDs; an Mmega zip drive; 1 camera disc and CD-R; and zip disk. Agents also seized a political mail folder, a U.S. passport, a box containing various Arabic items, a Verizon cell phone, a cassette tape, various photos and writings, three ammo caps with ammo, various mugs w/ ammo, a poster and a headband in bag.
Separately, the federal government notified the court that they’d be using “information obtained or derived from electronic surveillance conducted pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978” in Emerson Begolly’s case.
Additional reporting by Melissa Jeltsen.