Baltimore, MD - May 14, 2024  - A woman described by authorities as a racially motivated extremist pleaded guilty this week to planning an attack on Baltimore's power grid, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland announced in a news release Tuesday.

Sarah Beth Clendaniel, a Catonsville resident, pleaded guilty to charges including conspiring to damage or destroy electrical facilities in Maryland and possessing a firearm as a felon.

According to court documents, from at least December 2022 through February 2023, Clendaniel conspired with Brandon C. Russell, a Florida resident, to damage energy facilities and cause a significant interruption to the Baltimore regional power grid.

“Ms. Clendaniel’s hate-fueled plans to destroy the Baltimore region power grid threatened thousands of innocent lives,” Maryland U.S. Attorney Erek Barron said in a statement. “But, when law enforcement and the communities we serve are united in partnership, hate cannot win.”... Read More: Pikesville Patch