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Separatists Group Members Indicted

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Republic of Texas separatist leader Richard McLaren and four followers were indicted in the kidnapping of two neighbors that sparked a weeklong standoff with about 300 state troopers. McLaren, Gregg Paulson, Karen Paulson and Robert Otto each was indicted on a single felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. They could get a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted. The identity of the fifth person charged was withheld. It presumably is Richard F. Keyes III, who remains at large.


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