Chevie Kehoe

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Chevie Kehoe
Born Chevie O'Brien Kehoe
(1973-01-29) January 29, 1973 (age 44)
Mars Hill, North Carolina, United States
Criminal penalty 3 consecutive life sentences
Killed 3
Date apprehended
June 17, 1997

Chevie O'Brien Kehoe (born January 29, 1973) is an American self-proclaimed white supremacist and convicted murderer. [1][2] He was born in Mars Hill, North Carolina, United States.[3] He is serving three consecutive life sentences for the kidnapping, torture, and murder of William Mueller and his family, in January, 1996.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Kehoe, the oldest of eight sons born to Kirby and Gloria Kehoe, was named after his father's favorite brand of automobile (Chevrolet). His father had served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. When Kehoe was an infant, his father moved the family to Madison County, North Carolina.

In 1985, Kirby moved the family again, this time to near Deep Lake in Stevens County, Washington. Kehoe entered Colville Junior High School as a ninth grader in 1987 where he was an honor student.[5] Coincidently, future serial killer Israel Keyes was a family friend. In 1988, his parents pulled him and his younger brother Cheyne out of public school, and from then on they were home-schooled.[5]

Raised with increasingly extreme anti-government and white supremacist beliefs, Kehoe formed an ambitious plan to bring down the United States government with his self-styled "Aryan People's Republic" militia.[6] To attract recruits, Kehoe embarked upon a series of firearms and property crimes that would eventually lead him from his home in Eastern Washington to Arkansas (the home of the Mueller family) as he followed gun show events.[citation needed] Meanwhile, Kehoe had married Karena Gumm,[7][8] and the couple had three[9][10] children.[11] Kehoe married a second wife, Angie Settle (also known as Angie Murray),[12][13][14][15] near Hayden Lake, Idaho, on July 9, 1993,[16] espousing that polygamy was a way to further the Aryan race.[citation needed]


In February 1995, Kehoe and his father robbed the Tilly, Arkansas home of William Frederick Mueller, a gun dealer who had a large collection of weapons, ammunition and cash. In June 1995, Kehoe and an accomplice kidnapped and robbed Malcolm and Jill Friedman, a Jewish couple, who owned a store at which Kehoe once was employed.

In January 1996, Kehoe and another accomplice, Daniel Lewis Lee, returned to the home of Mueller. Kehoe and Lee murdered Mueller, his wife Nancy Ann Mueller (nee' Branch), and his 8-year-old stepdaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Powell, and dumped their bodies in a swamp. Kehoe and his family took the stolen property to a motel in Spokane, Washington, by way of the Christian Identity community of Elohim City, Oklahoma.[17][18]

External video
Chevie and Cheyne Kehoe Shoot out with Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and a deputy sheriff in Wilmington, Ohio

In February 1997, Kehoe and his brother Cheyne were involved in shootout with an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and a deputy sheriff in Wilmington, Ohio. The shootout was recorded on the trooper's dash cam and was widely broadcast.[19][20][21][22] Video from the dashboard camera of a patrolman's car was aired in 1997 on FOX's World's Scariest Police Shootouts.

In federal court Kehoe was charged with:[17]

Kehoe denies the criminal accusations against him and has filed appeals.[23][24] His appeals have been denied.[25][26][27]


On February 20, 1998, Kehoe pleaded guilty in Ohio state court to felonious assault, attempted murder, and carrying a concealed weapon related to a February 15, 1997, shootout in Wilmington, Ohio with an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper and a Clinton County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop resulting from expired tags on his 1977 Chevrolet Suburban.[28]

In 1999, Kehoe was convicted in federal court of the January 1996 murders of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife Nancy Mueller, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.[20][29][30] He received three sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Kehoe's mother Gloria and his younger brother Cheyne served as prosecution witnesses and testified against him at the trial. However, they both kept the secret until he got caught.[17][31][32][33][34] Daniel Lewis Lee was also convicted for his role in the Mueller murders, and was sentenced to death.

Kehoe is currently imprisoned at the Florence ADMAX USP, Colorado, under Federal Bureau of Prisons register number: #21300-009.[35]


The Discovery Channel's docudrama series The FBI Files reenacts the behavior of the predators while also showing the forensic science used by the FBI to apprehend the criminals, season 2, episode 16, "Deadly Mission", originally aired: 2000.[36][37]

The A&E criminal justice series American Justice, profiled Chevie Kehoe's white supremacist actions on season 10, episode 14, "Raised on Hate", originally aired: August 8, 2001.[38][39]


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  35. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons | Inmate Locator". Retrieved 28 May 2015. Register Number: 21300-009 
  36. ^ "FilmRise THE FBI FILES – Season 2 Episode 16 "Deadly Mission"". Discovery Channel. Retrieved 3 April 2017. FilmRise 
  37. ^ "The FBI Files". Retrieved 3 April 2017. ... the FBI File is one of Discovery Channel's highest rated series 
  38. ^ "American Justice | Raised on Hate". A&E Television Networks. 8 Aug 2001. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  39. ^ "A&E - American Justice : Raised On Hate". A&E Television Networks. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 

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