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    Earl Leslie Krugel Born Died Cause of death Occupation Criminal chargeCriminal penalty Spouse(s) Motive Conviction(s)
    November 24, 1942
    November 4, 2005(2005-11-04) (aged 62) Federal Correctional Institution at Phoenix, Arizona
    Murdered by another inmate
    Jewish Defense League activist
    Federal terrorism. Conspiracy to bomb up a mosque, the offices of US Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and the offices of the Muslim Public Affairs Council
    20 year prison sentence
    Anti-Arab terrorism
    Guilty plea

    Earl Leslie Krugel (November 24, 1942 – November 4, 2005) was the West Coast coordinator of the Jewish Defense League. In 2005, he was sentenced to prison on charges of terrorism after he confessed plotting, with the group''s leader Irv Rubin, to blow up the office of Arab-American congressman Darrell Issa and the King Fahd mosque in Culver City, California. He was kept in protective custody for three years for the 2001 bomb plot. He was transferred to a medium security federal prison following his sentencing where he was then murdered three days later by a fellow inmate, who struck him in the head with a block of concrete.

    • 1 Life
    • 2 Imprisonment and death
    • 3 References
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    At one time, Krugel worked as a dental assistant in the San Fernando Valley, California. He was active with the Jewish Defense League since its founding in 1968.

    In November 2001 he was arrested at his home in California after receiving a delivery of gunpowder. Bomb components including pipes, end caps, detonators and gunpowder were confiscated along with multiple rifles and handguns. In December 2001 Krugel and Rubin were arraigned on conspiracy charges to send explosives to the Sherman Oaks, California office of U.S. congressman Darrell Issa, a Lebanese-American, and to bomb the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, California. According to the affidavit in support of the charges, Krugel had stated to an FBI informant that "Arabs needed a wake-up call and the JDL needed to do something to one of their ''filthy mosques''. According to the San Francisco Chronicle the affidavit also "painted a picture of a tiny gang that sat around talking about what to blow up but generally shied away from blowing up people.

    In 2003 the bombing charges were dropped and Krugel was allowed to plead guilty to reduced charges of conspiracy to violate civil rights, and to a weapons charge. U.S. District Court Judge Ronald S.W. Lew accepted the plea.. Part of the plea agreement demanded that Krugel reveal the names of all JDL activists involved in the 1985 bombing of Alex Odeh''s office. The plea agreement was later retracted with details sealed to the public. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in September 2005.

    Imprisonment and death

    On November 4, 2005, at the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix, Arizona, Krugel was murdered by another inmate, who used a concrete block to strike his head. Krugel had been at the medium security prison for just three days.

    The suspect, David Frank Jennings, 30, allegedly attacked Krugel from behind with a piece of concrete hidden in a bag while Krugel was using an exercise machine, delivering multiple blows to his skull, face and neck. Krugel suffered multiple skull fractures, internal bleeding and multiple lacerations to his head, face and brain. The beating knocked out teeth and also fractured one of his eye sockets. Krugel was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Krugel''s widow has questioned why Krugel was placed in an exercise yard with Jennings, a skinhead with tattoos indicating his Aryan Brotherhood affiliation.

    In 2007, Jennings plead guilty to second-degree murder, and in 2008 was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

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