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Brandon Russell biography: 13 things about Orlando, Florida man

Brandon Clint Russell is a white man from Orlando, Florida, United States. He is a citizen of the U.S. and the Bahamas.

Russell is a Florida Army National Guardsman veteran. His grandparents William Russell and Molly Russell own Park ‘N Shop, a family business in Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

Brandon was the founder of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He attended St. Andrew’s International School in Nassau, Bahamas. He went on to study nuclear physics at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida.
  2. He previously shared an apartment in Tampa Palms, Tampa with Devon Arthurs, Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk. Both Himmelman and Oneschuk were members of Atomwaffen.
  3. On March 22, 2014, he first appeared on the Iron March, a far-right neo-fascist and Neo-Nazi web forum that opened in 2011.
  4. In October 2015, he announced on the Iron March the formation of Atomwaffen that had been three years in the making.
  5. On May 19, 2017, he returned from duty as a Florida National Guardsman to his apartment in Tampa Palms and found the dead bodies of Himmelman and Oneschuk, who were murdered by Arthurs. He, Himmelman and Oneschuk had been plotting to attack a nuclear plant in Florida and other energy infrastructure, Arthurs told investigators. He was arrested but later released after it was determined that he was not involved in the homicides. He was later arrested again for keeping lethal bomb-making materials in his apartment in Tampa.
  6. In September 2017, he pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing an unregistered destructive device and illegally storing explosives.
  7. In January 2018, he was sentenced to 60 months. Months later, he started corresponding with Sarah Beth Clendaniel of Catonsville, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA who was serving time behind bars in a separate prison. He is 7 years younger than her.
  8. On August 23, 2021, he was released from prison.
  9. In June 2022, he allegedly started to communicate with a person he did not know was a Federal Bureau of Investigation confidential informant and conspired to carry out attacks against critical infrastructure, specifically electrical substations, in furtherance of his racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist beliefs.
  10. On October 25, 2022, he allegedly encouraged an attack be carried out when there is greatest strain on the grid.
  11. In December 2022, he allegedly told the FBI informant he knew of another person in Maryland who was also going to carry out an attack on an energy facility and offered to connect the informant with Clendaniel to coordinate their attacks to maximize impact.
  12. On February 3, 2023, he and Clendaniel were arrested and charged with conspiracy to destroy an energy facility. 
  13. He was 27 years old when he made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Orlando on February 6, 2023 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Embry Kidd.

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