Originally created 07/09/02

Seizure list lacks racist materials

Operator manuals for a firearm silencer and M-16 assault rifles were among the items confiscated at the home of an Augusta man who was charged last week in the accidental shooting of his 10-year-old son.

Investigators also took cannon fuses, boxes of 8mm cartridges, computers and compact discs, according to documents obtained by The Augusta Chronicle.

But nothing listed in three pages describing the seized property suggests Paul Alan Sanders had literature on white supremacy groups, the subject of the search warrant.

Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators searched the man's Pine Needle Road home Wednesday, two days after they say he accidentally shot his son Josh with an assault rifle.

Sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said his agency was simply being thorough by conducting the follow-up search.

After the shooting, which left Josh with a leg wound, police found an unregistered silencer in Mr. Sanders' home and charged him with a felony. He also has been charged with reckless conduct.

On Wednesday, police used a search warrant and bomb-sniffing dogs to search Mr. Sanders' home. The warrant stated that police were looking for evidence that the homeowner had items to conduct "unlawful training in the use or making of dangerous weapons."

Investigator Richard Roundtree stated in the warrant that he had reason to believe that Mr. Sanders was concealing explosives and literature on the Ku Klux Klan or other white supremacy groups.


Here is a list of items seized in a search of the home of Paul Alan Sanders:

  • Eight compact discs, in plastic cases
  • 50 compact discs, in plastic spool
  • Computer, Motorola Starmax
  • Computer, Power Macintosh
  • Five VHS tapes, unmarked
  • Manual, Firearm silencers, Volume 2
  • Videocassette tape, MP120, 8 mm
  • Cartridges, one box, size 8 mm
  • Two cannon fuses
  • Blanks, one box, size 5.56 mm
  • Two explosive casings, M-80
  • Operator's manual, M-16A1 rifle
  • Two speedloaders, 10-round
  • Booklet, black powder-shooting guns
  • Operators manual, M-16
  • Loading guide, smokeless powders
  • Reach Greg Rickabaugh at (706) 828-3851 or greg.rickabaugh@augustachronicle.com.


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