Andrew Marshall fought government -- city, state, and federal -- tooth and nail for years. On Wednesday, the government finally won.
Marshall was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for making and possessing unregistered firearms. Originally from a wealthy New York family, he moved to Miami and dropped off the grid, living on his boat in Dinner Key Marina.
That's where he was arrested on July 6, 2007, after someone warned the FBI that he was "the next potential Ted Kaczynski," AKA the Unabomber. When the Feds raided his boat, they found a terrifying arsenal, including two AK-47s, grenade launchers, chemical and biological warfare manuals, and the ingredients for explosives.
We wrote a two-part series on Marshall this fall, documenting his battles with the City of Miami, his descent into paranoia and rage, and the scary weapons cache he stockpiled just a stone's throw from City Hall.
Marshall's problems with and lawsuits against the city stemmed from a bizarre accident that occurred while he was working at Dinner Key Marina. He claimed that another employee deliberately ran him over with a golf cart, leaving him permanently crippled and in tremendous pain. He said fellow city employees -- including lawyers and case workers -- then conspired to cover-up the truth.
His co-worker, meanwhile, said the accident happened when a dog jumped on the gas pedal. City attorneys didn't buy his worker's comp claims, and Marshall filed the first of nearly a dozen lawsuits.
Jail hasn't slowed him down. Since his arrest, he has also sued the Miami Federal Detention Center and its warden, Linda McGrew.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.