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Self-proclaimed "Freedom Fighter for the People's Militia" is sentenced in Belmont County

BELMONT COUNTY, OHIO (WTRF) - A self-proclaimed "Freedom Fighter for the People's Militia" was sentenced Monday in Belmont County.

Nicholas Billman, 23, was found guilty of holding up a business with a machine gun, and leading police on a long high-speed chase afterward. When given the chance to speak on his own behalf, Billman gave a lengthy speech. He said his father's death impacted his life, causing him to use drugs and alcohol to ease the pain.

"He talked about the pain of the loss of his father. I believe that. When I lost my father, I had a great deal of pain too. But you did not give a darn about anyone else's father being lost on that high-speed pursuit up Route 9 and down Route 9. So many people's lives were put at risk," said Belmont County Common Pleas Judge, Frank Fregiato.

Billman repeatedly said "felon's lives matter" and that he's not an infamous menace to society, but Judge Fregiato said that's *exactly* what he is. He gave Billman the maximum of 36 months in the penitentiary.

That sentence will begin when his current one ends.


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