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'Boogaloo Boi' from St. Cloud pleads guilty to federal machine gun charges

He also alleged he was helping to plot an attack on the State Capitol.

A Minnesota man who claims to be part of the violent anti-government group the Boogaloo Bois pleaded guilty this week to federal weapons charges.

Michael Dahlager of St. Cloud was charged in April 2021 with illegally possessing a machine gun, a federal offense. Charges against the 27-year-old accused him of doing reconnaissance work during a December rally at the Minnesota State Capitol. On this day, he scouted the law enforcement presence there, looked at overwatch positions for fellow Boogaloo Bois and noted which streets had been blocked off in anticipation of a planned Jan. 17 rally at the site.

He also openly discussed violence against law enforcement officers and attack plans for the state Capitol building with an informant, the complaint alleged.

But his guilty plea, announced Thursday, was ultimately related to the firearms charge, with the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Minnesota saying he was in possession of a homemade suppressor and two 3-D printed "drop in auto sears." The auto sears, authorities said, are used to convert a semi-automatic firearm into an automatic firing weapon. This makes the weapon a machine gun under federal law, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

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