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A Kansas man will stay behind bars until his trial for his part in an alleged conspiracy by a militia group to detonate truck bombs in Garden City.

The apartment complex they targeted is home to many Somali immigrants who are Muslim.

Curtis Allen waived his detention hearing and entered a not guilty plea to the charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The FBI called it "a domestic terrorism act."

The two other men involved in the plot already pled not guilty and are also in jail.

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One of the men charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction on a housing complex in Garden City has waived a detention hearing.

Gavin Wright, a 51-year-old man from Liberal, decided to pass on a detention hearing in the case and instead pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

New details have been released in the case involving three southwest Kansas men accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in Garden City. As KMUWs Nadya Faulx reports, two of the men are set to appear in court Friday for detention hearings.

Federal prosecutors filed a motion to keep Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein in custody during their trials.

The three men are charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. They allegedly wanted to use a homemade explosive device to bomb an apartment complex where many Somali Muslims live and pray.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

A federal grand jury returned an indictment in Wichita Wednesday charging three southwest Kansas men with conspiring to detonate a bomb at an apartment complex in Garden City. The defendants allegedly targeted the location because Muslim immigrants from Somalia live and worship there.

If convicted, 49-year-old Curtis Allen, 49-year-old Gavin Wright and 51-year-old Patrick Stein could face up to life in federal prison.

Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

When Don Stull first heard the news that the FBI had foiled a domestic terrorism plot in Garden City, Kansas, aimed at the city’s Somalis, he thought: oh, no.

“It was so unlike the Garden City that I know,” he says.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

Updated Monday, 3:30 p.m.:

The three men accused of plotting to attack Somali Muslim immigrants in Garden City made their first appearance in court Monday.

The defendants appeared before federal court Judge Gwynne Birzer at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Wichita.

Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein are each charged with one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. They were arrested last week in connection with an alleged plot to bomb a Garden City apartment complex that's home to Muslim immigrants from Somalia.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Updated Saturday, 8:32 p.m.:

Federal prosecutors announced in Wichita on Friday charges related to what they say was a planned attack on Somali immigrants in the western Kansas meatpacking town of Garden City.

Democrats Hope Latinos Can Turn Western Kansas Blue

Jul 28, 2016
Lisa Rodriguez / KCUR

Kansas is a red state. In western Kansas, it’s deep red. But it’s also one of the most demographically diverse regions in the state. The population in several cities in the southwest corner is almost 50 percent Hispanic.

In Finney County, a small group of young Democrats are working to engage that huge group of potential voters who have long been in the background.

Garden City Community College may soon offer some four-year degrees to students.

The programs would be offered through National American University.

Officials of National American visited Garden City Monday to discuss the baccalaureate programs that the college could offer.

Community college president Herbert Swender says the possibilities for four-year degrees include criminal justice and allied health.

Garden City Hotels Seek Smoking Ban Change

Jun 5, 2013

Some hotel operators in Garden City say they're losing business because of the local ban on smoking in most public places.