WASHINGTON, D.C. — A former Tennessee resident who was convicted in a plot to kidnap a Nebraska sheriff and a Tennessee judge was convicted on another charge in federal court on Thursday.
United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Michael Wayne Parsons, age 57, formerly of Arlington, Tenn., was convicted by a federal jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Authorities said Parsons considers himself a sovereign citizen who does not believe he is subject to the laws of the United States.
He claims citizenship only in the country of “Chilcotin” which he and his like-minded associates believe was established in British Columbia, Canada, in 2015.
In January of 2017, Mr. Parsons was awaiting trial in state court in Tennessee. His charges there were also for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He failed to appear for his trial and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Parsons piloted a single engine airplane he owned heading north while heading to Montana and then, possibly, the country of “Chilcotin.” He landed for the night in Arapahoe, Neb. Agents located him by pinging his phone. He was arrested and a later search of his airplane located an LAR 14 assault rifle and several hundred rounds of ammunition.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 7 before the Honorable John Gerrard.
Anthony Todd Weverka, an Arapahoe man who got wrapped up in the kidnapping plot, entered a pretrial diversion agreement in order to have his charged dismissed, according to the acting U.S. Attorney Robert C. Stuart.
Weverka was arrested by the FBI after being accused of failing to disclose information about a plot to kidnap the Furnas County Sheriff and a judge in Tennessee.
According to the U.S. Attorney here in Nebraska, Weverka learned of the kidnapping plot, which included a New Orleans bounty hunter paid to arrest and take the sheriff to Canada, but lied, omitted key facts, and helped those involved.
It was further alleged in the indictment that Weverka had made false statements to the Furnas County Sheriff when he did make a partial disclosure of what he knew.
It all started when a fugitive from Tennessee landed a plane at the Arapahoe airport and was then arrested by the Furnas County Sheriff's Office.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Weverka, who is affiliated with the airport, said he spoke repeatedly with a woman who identified herself as the Supreme Court Justice of a Native American tribe in Canada.
According to court documents, she told Weverka that she hired a bounty hunter from New Orleans to break the fugitive out of jail and arrest the Furnas County Sheriff and a Tennessee judge. Weverka allegedly gave her the sheriff's address.