Feds: Conewago Twp. gadfly kept cops' addresses, family info in safe
Conewago Township gadfly Chad Stoner kept handwritten notes with names and home addresses of local police officers and their wives — as well as information about their children, federal prosecutors allege.
His actions and alleged threats spurred Conewago Township supervisors to arm themselves for protection, according to a recent court filing by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The handwritten notes about local police officers, found in Stoner's bedroom safe during a search of his home, also included information about where some of the officers' wives shop, the Oct. 11 filing states.
Transcripts of some of Stoner's alleged prison phone conversations with his family and with girlfriend/co-defendant Emily Winand are attached as exhibits to the filing.
"(Authorities) better keep me in here for life 'cause if I get out I'm gonna take care of anything that needed to be taken care of ... watch me," he allegedly told his mother, with whom he lived, in a recorded prison phone call.
"It's coming. My day is f—ing coming. ... I'll take care of s— when I get out."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Terz wrote in the filing that Stoner has "a history of disputes" with Conewago Township, Northern York County Regional Police and neighbors, adding Stoner "made a habit" of disrupting township meetings.
Officials took up arms: In response, township officials took security measures, including installing security cameras inside and outside the township building.
"Moreover, township supervisors started carrying handguns out of concern for their safety," Terz wrote.
Transcripts state that during one phone call to his mother, Stoner said that "when you have no form of legal recourse, you engage in vigilante justice. And that's where you go out and shoot a bunch of f—ing cops."
In a recorded prison phone conversation with Winand, Stoner said that "every time I see a cop got shot on the TV I chuckle. And I say, good ... I hope they f—ing get more," according to the filing.
Also during that call, Stoner recounted telling a prison corrections officer that if "you want to wear a uniform and a badge, you're getting what's coming," the filing states.
'High treason': The transcripts show Stoner also complained to Winand over the phone about a York County adult probation officer, saying "I'll snatch the f—ing life right out (of him), I'll chew his f—ing throat out."
He complained the probation officer "is another one guilty of high treason, which is ... a crime punishable by death," according to the transcripts.
Moments later, he says, "Oh, maybe you shouldn't say that on a recorded line," the transcripts state, then added, "F— it, I don't give a s—."
The filing also states federal investigators obtained a videotape of Stoner using an AR-15 rifle to shoot a bulletproof ballistic vest with armor-piercing bullets. He and Winand bought hundreds of armor-piercing rounds, the filing alleges.
'Cop killer' bullets: In a letter to Winand from prison that was attached to the filing, Stoner wrote:
"Just get as much of the 5.56 armer piercing Raufoss that you can. That's the best ammo ... for the AR. Those are the 'cop killers.' Which I think we should stock up on right now!"
In another recorded prison call, Stoner says he's heard Conewago Township was installing a bulletproof glass transaction window as part of a new security plan, according to the filing.
"But let me tell you another little secret: That bulletproof glass ... is what's known as bullet (resistant) Lexan," he says, according to the filing. "And those 5.56 Tungsten carbide Raufoss rounds, they will f—ing tear through that thing like a hot knife through butter."
Terz's Oct. 11 filing was in response to a defense request asking presiding U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane to bar the U.S. Attorney's Office from introducing certain information at trial, including an allegation that Stoner is part of a militia.
The filing states Terz doesn't intend to introduce evidence that Stoner is involved with a militia, though it does note that Stoner wore a T-shirt with "Conewago Militia" on it.
Trial for Stoner, 29, of Copenhaffer Road, is scheduled to begin with jury selection Nov. 6.
The background: Stoner was federally indicted for a second time Aug. 2, according to court records, in part for allegedly mailing threatening communications twice from York County Prison.
He was already indicted in federal court for allegedly transmitting an interstate communication containing a threat to injure police officers and Conewago Township officials, conspiracy to commit that offense and being a felon in illegal firearm possession, according to court records.
His superseding indictment added two counts of being a felon in illegal possession of a firearm.
Stoner remains accused of conspiring to post a video a year ago on YouTube of him allegedly making threats at the Conewago Township building in August 2016.
Dallas massacre: In the video, he suggests the municipality "could turn into Houston" — he meant Dallas — and added, "That's where they shot all them cops."
He maintains his innocence, according to defense attorney Davis Younts, who confirmed Stoner is facing a lengthy federal prison sentence if convicted on all charges.
Stoner's and Winand's federal indictment states she hid an assault-type rifle for Stoner and allegedly tried to destroy or hide guns so they couldn't be seized and their presence used against Stoner in court.
Winand pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to obstruction of justice and conspiracy to transmit a threat via interstate commerce. She awaits sentencing.
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