A militia member from Montevideo, Minnesota, was sentenced in Minneapolis on Monday to 40 months in prison for weapons charges.
Buford Braden Rogers, 25, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for one count of illegally possessing a firearm and one count of possessing homemade bombs.
Rogers was arrested after a raid at his home last May where FBI agents discovered the firearm and homemade bombs, including Molotov cocktails, nail bombs and a pipe bomb. Rogers is banned from possessing weapons due to a 2011 conviction for burglary.
FBI officials said at the time that they believed that they had disrupted a terrorist attack, but a federal grand jury later declined to indict Rogers on terrorism charges.
Authorities said Rogers was part of the Black Snake Militia. A witness told the FBI that Rogers was planning to attack a local police station and raid a National Guard armory, although Rogers told the FBI last May that he formed his group to "do good, not harm people," according to the Associated Press.
Rogers pled guilty to the weapons charges in January. He'll be given credit for time served.
Rogers' attorney had asked for a 24-month sentence, while prosecutors argued that his frequent brushes with the law in recent years required a 63-month sentence.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Before you keep reading ...
MPR News is made by Members. Gifts from individuals fuel the programs that you and your neighbors rely on. Donate today to power news, analysis, and community conversations for all.