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This file image provided by the Maryland U.S. District Attorney's Office shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Paul Hasson. Prosecutors say that Hasson, a former Coast Guard lieutenant is a "domestic terrorist" who wrote about biological attacks and had a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures.

Former Coast Guardsman Christopher P. Hasson was sentenced Jan. 31 to 13 years in prison for charges that include unlawful possession of weapons (silencers) and controlled substances (Tramadol).

The case against Hasson, who also had prior service in the Marine Corps, emerged when investigators from the FBI and Coast Guard Investigative Service found weapons, unprescribed opioids and white-supremacist literature during a search of his Silver Spring, MD, home, in 2018.

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With the sentence, Hasson also will serve four years of supervised release.

He has been incarcerated at a pre-trial federal detention facility since he was arrested last February. Hasson joined the Coast Guard in 1996 and served at the service’s Washington, D.C., headquarters at the time of his arrest.

The charges against Hasson included unlawful possession of unregistered silencers, unlawful possession of firearm silencers unidentified by serial number, possession of firearms by an addict to and unlawful user of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance.

According to the court documents and the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, “to prepare himself to take action, in addition to the firearms and silencers referenced above, Hasson purchased holsters, knives, magazines, ammunition, handguards, camping supplies, Meals-Ready-to-Eat, steel body armor plates, plate carriers, tactical vests and pouches, firearm repair kits, and smoke grenades. Hasson also e-mailed to his Coast Guard computer the manifestos of mass murderer Anders Breivik and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, as well as the memoir of Eric Rudolph, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bomber, titled ‘Between the Lines of Drift: The Memoirs of a Militant.’ Hasson referred to those documents in his own writings. Hasson registered for an online sniper and sharpshooter forum, studied sniper tactics, and purchased high-end scopes and a sniper rifle. Internet searches performed by Hasson show that he targeted potential victims, including media personalities and current and former elected officials.”

“The FBI remains committed to combatting terrorism, both domestic and international, and we remain fully prepared to take those actions necessary to safeguard our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Boone.