A Sterling, Virginia, man with ties to white supremacist groups pleaded guilty Monday to accusations he hired a hit man to kill his ex-wife. New allegations also surfaced that Dallas Brumback once suggested to fellow KKK members that they bomb a mosque.
In addition to an attempted first-degree murder count, Brumback also pleaded guilty to four felony child abuse and neglect charges for leaving loaded weapons near his young children. He pleaded guilty to two drug charges for providing Percocet to an undercover investigator.
The murder-for-hire case against Brumback came to light in late January after local and federal agents raided his Sterling home. They discovered many weapons and evidence that Brumback was a leader with a white supremacist group known as the Christian Identity movement.
Court documents provided at the hearing reveal an undercover officer first approached Brumback in the summer of 2014 to ask questions about a cold case investigation. In September, when Brumback invited the man to his home, the officer saw a loaded pump shotgun near three children born to Brumback and his second wife, Kimberly.
Brumback told the man he'd been a member of the Christian Identity group for eight years and he hoped to train other members in paramilitary tactics.
At the time, Brumback was engaged in a bitter child custody dispute with his ex-wife over their 9-year-old daughter. Her family told News4 they believe Brumback didn't want the child around the ex-wife's new boyfriend, who is African-American.
In November, Brumback reportedly told the undercover officer the only way he could get his daughter back was to "put a toe-tag" on his ex-wife. "Do you want her killed?" asked the undercover officer."Yes," replied Brumback, according to court documents.
Brumback agreed to pay $5,000 for the hit and gave the man a $900 downpayment.
Later, as the two finalized plans, the undercover officer wondered what to do if the ex-wife's other kids or any other relatives were home.
"Well, how do you see this going down? What if there is a bloodbath in there?" asked the undercover officer.
"Erase them all. Make it look a gang thing or something. I don't give a God damn," replied Brumback.
The undercover officer also learned Brumback had other thoughts of violence. This court document details a meeting of several KKK members at Brumback's home. Brumback showed them videos of his prior speeches about white supremacy.
Then Brumback discussed doing something big to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Klan, such as placing a pipebomb at a mosque, the undercover officer said.
That act was never carried out.
On Jan. 5, the undercover officer presented Brumback with surveillance photos taken of his ex-wife and her children. The photos were actually taken by a Loudoun County detective who was working on the case.
According to court documents, in a conversation that was secretly recorded by investigators, Brumback confirmed his wife was the target of the murder-for-hire plot.
On Jan. 22, the undercover officer arranged to meet Brumback at a Sterling shopping center where he arrested him.
Other agents and sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant at Brumback's home, collecting firearms, knives, ammunition and KKK paraphernalia.
In court Monday, Brumback answered seven times in a soft voice when the judge asked him to enter his pleas.
"Why are you pleading guilty to these charges?" Judge Burke McCahill asked.
"Because I'm guilty," Brumback answered.
Brumback's current wife testified in an earlier preliminary hearing that her husband's Klan past is behind him. Outside the courthouse Monday, she and Brumback's mother said allegations that the murder-for-hire plot were racially motiviated are false.
Brumback's defense attorney told News4 he'll present evidence at sentencing to show Brumback acted because he feared his daughter was being harmed.
Brumback could face more than 50 years in prison on the charges.
Prosecutors said they will seek a lengthy prison term at sentencing Nov. 23.