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Montevideo man pleads not guilty to weapons charges

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The Montevideo man who the FBI initially alleged had planned a "terror" plot faces no terrorism-related charges.

Buford "Bucky" Rogers, 24, pleaded not guilty Friday morning at a brief hearing to four charges, including illegal weapons possession and three counts of possessing “unregistered destructive devices” including two Molotov cocktails, the Star Tribune reports.

U.S. District Judge Jeanne Graham set a trial date for Aug. 12.

The FBI in early May raided a family property south of Montevideo, roughly 30 miles west of Minneapolis, that Rogers' father has said is a headquarters for the "Black Snake Militia," a small group of mostly family members who are critical of government.

The FBI had claimed that agents thwarted a terror plot: "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 FBI said in a news release.

But Rogers' family strongly denied that Rogers had any such ambitions. And the indictment does not mention a terror plot. Defense attorney Andrew Mohring declined to comment on that, but told the Star Tribune, “but you read it correctly; it doesn’t.”

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