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Man Accused of Threatening to Fire on Derby Crowd Arrested

<i> Associated Press</i>

A Louisville man who allegedly said he planned to open fire as crowds gathered for the Kentucky Derby then kill himself was jailed.

A federal judge ordered William Richard Keller, 32, jailed Thursday, finding he had violated a prohibition against possessing a weapon while out on bond. Keller pleaded guilty in March to a racially motivated cross-burning.

U.S. District Judge Edward H. Johnstone also found Keller posed a probable risk to the community.

Two people--one of them not named in court and the other identified only as Keller’s sister--said Keller told them he did not intend to go to prison for the cross-burning and was going to go to Churchill Downs today or Saturday and “take out a number of people and then take out himself,” FBI Agent Allen M. Bond III testified.

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