New gun charges for men accused of Kansas bomb plot

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Left to right, Curtis Allen, 49, Gavin Wright, 49, and Patrick Eugene Stein, 47 are accused of plotting to bomb an apartment complex in western Kansas on Nov. 9. (Photo: Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office)

Two of the three men accused of planning to bomb a Kansas apartment complex now face additional firearms charges.

A superseding indictment, one that replaces a prior indictment, was filed Thursday against three men in connection with a plot to bomb Somali immigrants the day after Election Day last month. Federal prosecutors say Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright, and Curtis Allen are members of a militia group called The Crusaders. The three men were again charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, a charge they’d previously pleaded not guilty to.

Thursday’s indictment adds new charges for Allen and Stein. Allen is charged with illegally possessing firearms and Stein faces two counts alleging gun violations connected to the bomb conspiracy.

The third man, Gavin Wright, faces no additional charges.

“He has no criminal history and is not prohibited from possessing or using lawful firearms,” said Wright’s lawyer, Kari Schmidt.

The men are accused of planning to detonate truck bombs on Nov. 9 at apartment complex where 120 Somali immigrants live in the western Kansas town of Garden City. There’s also a mosque at the complex. The plot was never carried out and the men have pleaded not guilty.