The state of Missouri has denied a request to supervise the probation of a white supremacist who unsuccessfully tried to take control of a small North Dakota town.
Craig Cobb, 62, was sentenced to four years of probation in April for terrorizing residents of Leith, where he’d tried to establish an all-white enclave. The Missouri native said during his sentencing that he wanted to return to that state to care for his elderly mother.
North Dakota Corrections Department spokesman Tim Tausend says Missouri denied Cobb’s request because, “he has had little or no contact with his mother for the past 40 years.”
Authorities say Cobb has been living in Bismarck since his release from jail, where he spent nearly half a year before reaching a probation deal with prosecutors.
North Dakota authorities will continue to supervise Cobb’s probation. Tausend says he doesn’t know if Cobb has requested transfer to another state that could accept him through an interstate compact that regulates the supervision of adult offenders.