Minnesota militia member won't be sentenced on terror charges


Despite claims from the FBI that he was planning a terrorist attack, Buford "Bucky" Rogers will only be sentenced on weapons charges, the Star Tribune reports.

Rogers, now 25, was arrested during an FBI raid at a Montevideo mobile home May 3, 2013.

When he was taken into custody, the FBI said agents took firearms and explosives – including Molotov cocktails and an assault rifle. Rogers has a felony record, which prohibits him from owning a gun.

According to an FBI news release at the time: “The FBI believes that a terror attack was disrupted by law enforcement personnel and that the lives of several local residents were potentially saved. The terror plot was discovered and subsequently thwarted through the timely analysis of intelligence and through the cooperation and coordination between” local, state and federal agencies.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office told ABC at the time that authorities rushed to arrest Rogers on a Friday, to get him off the streets before an attack they believe was planned for the weekend.

“We just wanted to get enough to get an arrest warrant to put him away before the weekend,” Jeanne Cooney told the network.

However, when he was indicted a few weeks later, the charges made no mention of any such plan. Rogers’ lawyer claimed officials were releasing false information.

On Friday, the Star Tribune reports the U.S. Attorney's Office actually admitted it did not discover a larger terror plot. Rogers will be sentenced Monday, the Associated Press says after pleading guilty to two counts of weapons violations in January.

Rogers was reportedly a member of a small local anti-government group called the Black Snake Militia, and told the FBI he was nonviolent and was using the internet to root out possible terrorists, according to court documents.

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