Leo Felton

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For the Rhodesian/Australian rugby league footballer of the 2000s, see Leon Felton.
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Leo Vincelette Felton (born 1970, Silver Spring, Maryland) is a biracial black and white American prisoner[1] who has been called a white supremacist, and was convicted of bank robbery and plotting to build a bomb in Boston.[2][dead link]

Early life[edit]

Leo Felton's father, Calvin Felton (b. 1930), was a black architect, while his mother, Corinne Vincelette (b. 1931), was a white voice and diction professor who became involved in the civil rights movement.[3] His parents divorced when he was two, and he was raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland.[4]

Criminal activities[edit]

Felton spent 11 years (1990–2001) in prison for the assault of a taxi driver[5][6] during a road rage incident. According to Felton, his incarceration caused him to observe how different races reacted when integration was enforced and societal stigmas over racism were not in action to civilize conduct.[citation needed] He claims that white people in prison were under a continual state of siege by people of other races, and that he was welcomed by whites.[citation needed] His prison sentence was extended for attacking two black inmates.[7] In prison, he became an organizer for white supremacist groups, organizing book reviews and exercise while obscuring his ancestry. He found inspiration from the White Order of Thule and read Francis Parker Yockey's Imperium, which led him to believe that race was spiritual instead of biological.[2][8]

Out of prison and married, Felton began an affair with Erica Chase, a 21-year-old white supremacist.[9] Felton robbed a bank with a friend from prison and forged money in order to buy materials to create a fertilizer bomb. It is unclear what the target was to be. An attendant at a donut shop spotted a counterfeit $20 Chase tried to pass her. She alerted an off-duty Boston police officer, who then arrested Felton and Chase. Felton was sentenced to 27 years in 2002 for bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery and other crimes.

Since 2008[edit]

Leo Felton changed his last name from Felton to Oladimu in 2008.[10][better source needed][11]

As of July 2016, Felton is a prisoner at United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and is scheduled to be released on January 22, 2026.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haskell, David D. (11 December 2002). "Supremacist sentenced in bomb plot". upi.com. UPI. Retrieved 30 July 2016. Though Felton is a self-described white supremacist, his father is a black architect and his mother a white civil rights activist. 
  2. ^ a b Turn It Down Archived June 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ SPLCenter.org: From the Belly of the Beast Archived September 3, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Moser, Bob (18 December 2002). "Leo Felton's Prison Plot, Aryan Unit One, Hits the Streets". splcenter.org. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (12 December 2002). "Prison for Bomb Plot Supremacist". latimes.com. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Two with Ties to White Supremacy Suspected in Plot to Bomb Boston Sites". adl.org. Anti-Defamation League. 20 June 2001. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Terror suspect no racist, supremacist, father says Boston Globe/July 4, 2001 By Farah Stockman
  8. ^ Tough, Paul (2003-05-23). "The Black White Supremacist". New York Times Magazine. p. 42.  ([1])
  9. ^ US v. Chase and Felton 01-10198-NG, Eastern Dist. Mass.
  10. ^ Lee County Circuit Court, of Lee County, VA
  11. ^ a b https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/ Felton is listed as "LEO V OLADIMU" on the bop.gov Inmate Locator website, Register Number: 23663-038. Retrieved 30 July 2016.