In December 2010, Mariusz Wdziekonski, a Polish national and a National Socialist Movement (NSM) member was found guilty of a hate crime for spray-painting anti-Semitic epithets and neo-Nazi and white supremacist hate symbols on dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Norridge, Illinois in January 2008. Wdziekonski received a seven-year prison term.
In December 2008, Paul Paletti, the NSM's Wisconsin Membership Director, pleaded guilty to battery, resisting arrest, and obstructing police in state court in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The December 20, 2008, plea agreement required Paletti to pay $1,713 in fines and to serve two years probation, during which time he was forbidden from engaging in any white supremacist activities. Rather than agree to the terms of the probation, in February 2009, Paletti asked that his probation be revoked. A short time later, his revocation order was processed and he served six months in jail.
Paletti, 35, who has a tattoo of the number “88,” the white supremacist code for “Heil Hitler,” was originally charged with felony battery as a hate crime for assaulting a Mexican teenager outside a bar in April 2007, but the charge was reduced to misdemeanor battery as part of the plea arrangement. Paletti insisted that he was not part of any extremist group.
In 2006, a number of National Socialist Movement (NSM) members were involved in criminal activity, including one murder.
David Ryan Drake was found guilty of killing David M. Scarano on June 6, 2006, during a party in Cave Creek, Arizona. According to court documents, Drake, a self-proclaimed member of the NSM, arrived at the party in his storm trooper uniform, and Scarano, who was Hispanic, took exception to Drake's blatant display of white supremacy. Scarano made some comments and a fight between the two ensued. While they were on the ground, Drake's Nazi armband fell to the ground and Scarano stepped on it. Drake then took out a six-inch Nazi dagger and stabbed Scarano in the abdomen, while shouting racial slurs. Drake was convicted on January 18, 2007, in Maricopa County Superior Court, of one count of manslaughter and sentenced to 9 years in prison.
Kenneth Lee Krauss (Crouse) of Berryville, Virginia, was arrested on weapons charges in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, on August 19, 2006. Krauss, a “Corporal” in the NSM, ran the group's northern Virginia Web site. Police pulled him over after he was allegedly driving erratically following a Klan gathering at a Harpers Ferry community event. Police reportedly found a loaded, concealed weapon, a machete, and several other knives in his vehicle.
Daniel Benson, of Spokane, Washington, and Ervin Stradley, of Libby, Montana, pleaded guilty in late July 2006 to disorderly conduct and causing a public nuisance for yelling racial slurs at a white woman and her two, part-Native American children while they were sitting in their car at a red light. Both Benson and Stradley are members of the NSM. According to Libby police, Benson and Roland were originally charged with malicious intimidation (a hate-motivated felony), harassment, disorderly conduct, and assault stemming from the incident. As part of a plea agreement the most serious charges were dropped, their sentences suspended, and both were released from jail. Stradley had served nineteen days in jail since his arrest on July 1, and Benson had served twenty-three days.