In 1996, William and Nancy Mueller and their 8-year old daughter Sarah were brutally murdered. Their handcuffed bodies were found in a lake. Agents later recovered a compatible handcuff key from Chevie Kehoe's home.
The Crime and Investigation
Brothers Chevie and Cheyne Kehoe, their father, Kirby, and accomplices Daniel Lee and Faron Lovelace were devoted members of the Aryan Peoples' Republic, a white supremacist organization. They spent the period between 1995 and 1997 engaged in criminal activities that promoted and funded the organization.
Their collective crimes, conducted across a five-state area, included multiple murders, kidnappings, firearms violations, robbery and violent shoot-outs with police, using a portion of the loot to purchase an Idaho property for a training base. In 1996, Chevie Kehoe and Daniel Lee robbed and viciously killed a Federal Firearms Licensee, William Mueller, and his family. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies collaborated in a series of investigations culminating with the five suspect's arrests.
The Arrest and Adjudication
Chevie and Cheyn Kehoe's mother, in fear for her own life contacted ATF agents with invaluable information that helped lead to the arrests. She also was an important witness at the subsequential trial. All five defendants were convicted in state or federal courts. Kirby Kehoe pled guilty and received 44 months imprisonment. Cheyne Kehoe got a sentence of 24 years. Chevie Kehoe and Daniel Lee were both convicted of murder, with Kehoe getting life imprisonment and Lee the death penalty. Faron Lovelace was also convicted of murder and sentenced to death.