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F.E.A.R. matriarch sentenced to 20 years in prison
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Heather Salmon stands before Judge L. Russell III on Thursday at the Long County Courthouse in Ludowici. - photo by Mikee Riddle

Forever Enduring Always Ready (F.E.A.R.) radical-militia matriarch Heather Salmon pleaded guilty Thursday at the Long County Courthouse for her actions in the 2011 shooting deaths of Tiffany York, 17, and Michael Roark, 19.

Facing up to 70 years in jail for 14 different charges, including malice murder, Salmon accepted a negotiated plea from the Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office, pleading guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of violating the Street Gang and Terrorism Prevention Act.

Superior Court Judge Robert L. Russell III accepted Salmon’s plea to the four charges as well as the district-attorney office’s recommendation to sentence Salmon to 20 years in jail and an additional 10 years on probation.

Though Salmon’s sentence was for a total of 30 years, family members were not happy with the outcome of the hearing. York’s mother, Brenda Thomas, told Salmon during the families’ impact statements that she felt the woman should be in jail for the rest of her life.

“I do not agree with the state’s recommendation … you deserve to spend the rest of your life locked up,” Thomas said.

A full story on Salmon’s day in court and more on the proceedings will be online and in Sunday's Coastal Courier.

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