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1 of 7 charges against supremacist dismissed

Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton doing armed patrols in Leith, N.D.    Photo courtesy Gregory Bruce
Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton doing armed patrols in Leith, N.D. Photo courtesy Gregory Bruce

CARSON, N.D. (AP) -- A judge has officially dismissed one of the seven felony terrorizing charges filed against a white supremacist who unsuccessfully tried to take over a small North Dakota town.

Judge David Reich signed the order on Friday, meeting the request of Grant County State's Attorney Todd Schwarz. Schwarz earlier had asked for the count against 62-year-old Craig Cobb to be dropped, saying the evidence didn't justify it.

Cobb still could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on the other six counts. He's scheduled for trial in mid-July.

Cobb moved to the town of Leith about two years ago and attempted to turn it into an all-white enclave. He's accused of terrorizing residents with guns in mid-November. He has pleaded not guilty.

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