BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) -- Three members of what law enforcement officials called a violent white supremacy group are now behind bars after officials uncovered their plan to kill a Bartow County couple.

Officials said 19-year-old Jacob Kaderli ,21-year-old Luke Austin Lane and 25-year-old Michael John Helterbrand are members of the local chapter of the white supremacy group “The Base.” All three men are now behind bars in the Floyd County Jail.

The three suspects were denied bond at their first appearance hearings.

In a 20-page report, law enforcement officials described The Base as a violent gang, whose goals are to overthrow the US government, create a white ethno-state and commit acts of violence against minority communities in order to create a race war.

Officials said the local chapter lead by Lane would meet at his father’s 100-acre property in Silver Creek, Georgia for fire arms training and to discuss missions of terror. The group was infiltrated by an undercover FBI agent who began attending meetings in August of 2019.

At those meetings, the agent learned “that the purpose of The Base was to kill people.” Later that year, the agent learned of the group’s first targets, a married couple in Bartow County. The report stated that the couple was targeted due to their affiliation with The Atlanta Antifascists, a group that protests against right-winged hate groups.

In discussing the murders, one member of The Base even mentioned willingness to kill children if they were in the home at the time of the murders.

This week all three were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder among other charges.

Lane and Kaderli have both had their first appearances in front of a judge and were denied bond. CBS46 is still awaiting an update on Helterbrand.

Also in the 20 page report, near the very end, it was mentioned that Lane told the undercover FBI agent “he had been doing research and found more targets in this region. Lane said they were all members of the television media.


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