LUBBOCK, Texas — An attorney for Aiden Bruce-Umbaugh, 23, filed a request Tuesday in federal court to let Bruce-Umbaugh get out of jail pending his criminal case for illegal firearm possession.
Bruce-Umbaugh was arrested in Post on November 4 with three rifles, a handgun and at least 1,500 rounds of ammunition. Shortly after his arrest, federal prosecutors released a statement saying Bruce-Umbaugh is a suspected neo-Nazi.
An indictment in Lubbock accused him of possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance. Prosecutors said he was in possession of marijuana and THC oil. He told investigators that he smoked marijuana on a daily basis.
The defense attorney, Michael King, wrote on Tuesday, “Mr. Bruce-Umbaugh is not a danger to the community. Therefore, allowing him to be released would neither pose any threat to the individuals of that community, increasing the likelihood that he would become a flight risk.”
“Mr. Bruce-Umbaugh has no criminal history,” his attorney wrote. “Mr. Bruce-Umbaugh has held steady employment in the past doing security and working in the restaurant business.”
The defense proposes that Bruce-Umbaugh be allowed to live with his fiancé and her family in Spokane, Washington. The fiancé agreed to act as a third-party custodian of Bruce-Umbaugh.
Prosecutors have not yet filed their written response to the request. As of Tuesday, Bruce-Umbaugh remained in the Lubbock County Detention Center.
Separately, a federal judge set the trial date for January 13, 2020 in Lubbock.
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