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White supremacist Cobb denied request to transfer probation to Missouri

BISMARCK – The state of Missouri has refused to supervise the probation of a white supremacist convicted of terrorizing and menacing residents in the small North Dakota town he tried unsuccessfully to turn into an all-white enclave.

Craig Cobb was sentenced April 30 to four years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to one charge of felony terrorizing and five counts of misdemeanor menacing stemming from November incidents in the city of Leith.

He filed a request May 1 to serve his probation in Missouri through the interstate compact process. Cobb said at his sentencing hearing that he wanted to move to Missouri so he could take care of his elderly mother.

The Missouri Department of Corrections had 45 days to decide on Cobb’s request, and on Thursday the North Dakota Department of Corrections received notice that Missouri had denied Cobb’s request, spokesman Tim Tausend said.

“They said basically Mr. Cobb had little to no contact with his mother over the past 40 years,” he said.

Tausend said he didn’t know if the 62-year-old Cobb, who is living in Bismarck, had filed a probation transfer request with any other state.

“At this point, we’re just going to continue his supervision,” he said.

Cobb’s probation officer has investigated allegations that Cobb’s postings on the Internet may have violated the terms of his probation, which prohibit him from contacting his victims by any means, but no violations have been found, Tausend said.

Mike Nowatzki

Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.