Alleged terror plot mastermind remains in jail

by: Richard Elliot Updated:

Terry Peace is accused of attempting to obtain pipe bombs and thermite grenades in a plot to attack federal law enforcement agencies.

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. - The alleged mastermind of a domestic terror plot based in Floyd County will remain in jail for now along with two of his co-defendants.

Terry Peace appeared in U.S. Magistrate Court in Rome Monday morning.  He's accused of attempting to obtain pipe bombs and thermite grenades in a plot to attack federal law enforcement agencies including the TSA, Homeland Security  and non-emergency FEMA employees along with Metro Atlanta police departments.

FBI agents arrested Peace along with Brian Cannon and Cory Williamson last week after they said they intercepted communications on an encrypted chat room website.  Prosecutors said Cannon and Williamson recently moved to Floyd County from Utah and were living with Peace and his family.

At a detention hearing, Peace's attorney said Peace served in the army and navy for 25-years and was honorably discharged.  He also said Peace was wounded during a mortar attack in Iraq in 2003 and suffered traumatic brain injury.  Peace said he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and continues to get medical attention from the VA.

"Unfortunately, many of our vets have suffered traumatic experiences when they've served our country overseas," said U.S. Attorney Sally Yates. "But that generally doesn't translate into terrorism when they return home.  Everybody focuses on international terrorism, but his case really illustrates that we face significant threats from without our own borders."

Judge Walter Johnson ordered Peace held without bond.  He ordered Cannon and Williamson held without bond at a hearing last week.