Man pleads guilty to terrorism charge for stopping 'Zephyr'

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A 26-year-old Missouri man has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge stemming from an October 2017 incident in which he entered a locomotive on the eastbound California Zephyr and stopped the train. [See “’California Zephyr’ delayed by gun-toting passenger in locomotive,” Trains News Wire, Oct. 24, 2017.]

As part of a plea agreement, Taylor Wilson, of St. Charles, Mo., also pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered weapon, a rifle that was among articles FBI agents found during a search of his home, the Lincoln Journal-Star reported.

Asked by the judge why he had stopped the train during Thursday’s plea hearing, Wilson said, “I was high.” He reportedly told investigators he had dropped acid just before the incident.

Wilson has been linked to a white supremacist group. According to the written plea agreement, he told a deputy after his arrest that he was “going to save the train from the black people.”

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