Five members or associates of an alleged neo-Nazi, white supremacist group known as the Connecticut White Wolves have been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of conspiring to sell guns and homemade hand grenades to what they thought was a similar group out of state.
The group, also known as Battalion 14, is believed to have been formed in the southern part of the state within the past decade by a collection of young, self-professed “skinheads.” More recently, the group has attracted the attention of civil rights groups because of its recruiting efforts and its involvement in disruptive and violent acts.
One of those indicted is black. His lawyer said the man was not a member of the group but might have been charged under federal conspiracy law for conversations he had with a group member. The lawyer said he did not have the opportunity to discuss the case fully with his client Monday.
The five were charged with a variety of conspiracy and weapons violations, according to the indictment made public Monday at federal court in Bridgeport.
Those named in the indictment are White Wolves members Kenneth Zrallack, 29, of Ansonia; Alexander DeFelice, 32, of Milford; and William R. Bolton, 31, of Stratford, who is serving in the U.S. Army. Also charged were Edwin T. Westmoreland, 27, of Stratford, accused of participating in the group’s activities, and David Sutton, 46, of Milford, who is described as a DeFelice associate.
The Anti-Defamation League says that in recent years, the White Wolves have become a potentially dangerous group.
“Over the past two years, what began as a small collection of racist skinheads in Stratford, Connecticut, has grown into the largest and most active extremist group in the state,” the ADL says on its Internet page. “The group describes itself as a ‘white nationalist skinhead organization’ and promotes an ideology espousing hatred of Jews and racial and ethnic minorities. Members, though typically young, have been involved in a number of criminal acts in Connecticut and have forged ties with nationally recognized hate groups … ”
According to the ADL website, members of the group have been involved in assaults and other crimes in the state.
A group member, accompanied by an avowed Ku Klux Klan leader, was convicted of striking a bar patron in Hamden with brass knuckles in 2002.