On June 17, 2020, the Clark County Grand Jury indicted three men on the following charges: Assist, Solicit or Conspire to Commit an Act of Terrorism; one count of Provide Material Support for use in the Commission of an Act of Terrorism; one count of Conspiracy to Damage or Destroy a Building by Means of Explosives; and one count of Possession of Component of Explosive or Incendiary Device with Intent to Manufacture Explosive Incendiary Device. An indictment alleges that crimes have been committed, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Stephen T. Parshall, 35, Andrew Lynam, 23, and William L. Loomis, 40, all of Las Vegas, are each facing a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole for these charges.
"The fact that these defendants intended to use peaceful protest assemblies as a cover for their terroristic plans is inexcusable," said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson. "Intentionally bringing chaos and violence to already emotionally charged gatherings shows an intent to create further divisiveness and mayhem in our community."
These men were also recently indicted on federal charges, related to the same investigation, for alleged violations of federal law for conspiracy to cause destruction during protests in Las Vegas and possession of an unregistered destructive device.
Parshall, Lynam, and Loomis were all arrested on May 30, 2020, and are currently in Federal custody.
Both the federal and state indictments are a result of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Las Vegas. Agencies involved in the JTTF investigation include the FBI, LVMPD, ATF, Clark County District Attorney's Office, United States Attorney's Office, North Las Vegas Police Department and the U.S. National Park Service.
"The collaborative efforts of the JTTF agencies not only prevented the destructive, and possibly deadly, plans of these defendants, but also provided us with substantial evidence of their terroristic actions, which allowed us to move forward with these criminal charges," said Michael Dickerson, the Deputy District Attorney prosecuting this case.
The next scheduled hearing in the State's case is June 30, 2020.