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Saturday, June 20, 1998
Republic of Texas member convicted, sentenced
to 90 years
By The Associated Press
FORT STOCKTON, Texas (AP) -- The last of five Republic of Texas
members accused in a kidnapping that started an armed standoff
a year ago has been convicted of burglury with intent to commit
District Attorney Albert Valadez said that after 45 minutes
of deliberation on Thursday, the jury found Richard F. Keyes III
guilty. He was sentenced to 90 years in prison and must pay a
Authorities said Keyes was one of three people who carried
out a military-style raid on a neighbor's home and took two people
hostage for 13 hours on April 27, 1997.
The incident in the Davis Mountains Resort, a remote community
175 miles southeast of El Paso, led to a week-long armed standoff
between the armed separatist band and 300 law enforcement officers.
Keyes and group member Mike Matson fled into the surrounding
mountains after most of the separatist group surrendered May 3.
Matson was killed two days later by law enforcement officers.
Keyes remained at large until Sept. 19, when he was captured north
In interviews, Keyes has said militia groups assisted his flight.
The others accused of participating in the raid, Gregg Paulson
and his wife, Karen, were convicted in April of the same burglary
charge and sentenced to prison. Group leader Richard McLaren and
his top lieutenant, Robert "White Eagle" Otto, were
convicted in October on organized crime charges and sentenced
Keyes' trial was moved to Fort Stockton because of extensive
pre-trial news coverage in the Davis Mountains Resort area.
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