Bank robber sues state to protest sentence
By Dwayne Bremer
Mar 29, 2013, 16:34
Convicted Hancock County bank robber Daniel George Corring has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Mississippi claiming he has been "falsely enslaved" and that the laws of the land do not apply to him because he is a "sovereign citizen."
The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, asks the federal court to reconsider and lower Corring's 30-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping.
Corring was 19 when he robbed the Keesler Federal Bank in Waveland in April 2008. After the holdup, Corring took two female tellers hostage; forced one of them to drive him away in her car; and led police on a short chase before being nabbed on Kiln-Waveland Cutoff Road.
In 2011, he pled guilty in front of circuit Judge John Gargiulo, who issued a 30-year sentence.
In his lawsuit, Corring claims that he is a being "falsely enslaved" for crimes committed by a "Strawman" with a name similar to his.
"I have been secretly enslaved against the peace and dignity of the United States by the United States," Corring said. "Are you pro-United State or a trader working for the Corporate United States enslaver?"
The sovereign citizen movement has become increasingly popular in recent years.
People who claim sovereign citizenship claim they are immune to the laws of the land because they did not sign a contract with the government.
"Sovereign citizens" have also filed frivolous lawsuits seeking millions of dollars.
The practice of filing these frivolous lawsuits is commonly referred to as "paper terrorism," officials said.
In addition to claiming he is immune from the law, Corring claims that his attorney Fred Lusk was ineffective and that the district attorney's office made a recommendation during his "open plea."
Corring said that since being incarcerated he has been having mental problems and not given proper medical care.
"I am like a baby running a marathon," Corring said. "I have almost died three times since being in jail. Something is horribly wrong with this whole thing."
The state has yet to file a response to Corring's lawsuit.