Self-proclaimed leader of Tallahassee hate group released from jail

Posted at 5:15 PM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 18:55:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man who claimed to lead a white supremacist group was released from jail Thursday.

Jordan Jereb is a free man once again. The 23-year-old was taken into custody after the FBI searched his house in March.

Agents found tactical knives inside. The state said that violated the terms of Jereb's probation.

Thursday, Jereb changed his plea from denial to admission. In exchange, the state dropped a misdemeanor charge of false report to law enforcement.

Last June, WTXL reported on a group called the Republic of Florida, with Jereb as its self-proclaimed leader.

The group's mission, as indicated online, is to create a white ethnostate and use armed force if necessary.

Jereb's attorney, Ethan Way, said his client has never been a danger to society.

"Just based on what the accusations were related to the two military-type knives, as well as the false report, that the amount of time he served in jail, which is about 108 days, really was enough for this," said Way. "I think the interests of the public are protected by having Mr. Jereb on electronic monitoring, and, at the same time, he gets released from custody."

Jereb will be tracked with GPS technology during two years of house arrest, followed by a year of probation.

He's not allowed on social media or to engage with the Republic of Florida's website. He also can't be within 500 feet of a school. 

Jereb had also claimed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter had trained with the Republic of Florida at one point, but he later took that back when he was questioned by investigators.