A fanatical Donald Trump supporter who parked his truck filled with weapons in Washington on Jan. 6 after which joined within the Capitol mob whereas carrying firearms as a result of he believed the then-president’s lies a couple of stolen election pleaded responsible to 2 counts on Friday.
Lonnie Coffman of Alabama, an Army veteran who served two excursions through the Vietnam War and was described by one member of the family as “a hermit,” pleaded responsible to a rely of possession of damaging units ― 11 Molotov cocktails ― and a rely of carrying pistols with no license throughout a digital listening to earlier than U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. He may even enter a responsible plea for possession of damaging units in Alabama. Coffman will hand over all of the weapons he dropped at D.C. as a part of the plea deal. Coffman admitted in his assertion of offense that he was knowingly carrying two loaded firearms round D.C.
Coffman was arrested within the District of Columbia on Jan. 6 after he approached officers in an try to get to his Red GMC Sierra, which was inside a police perimeter. Coffman had parked simply off the U.S. Capitol grounds, near the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee buildings, which had been focused by a pipe bomber who nonetheless stays at giant.
After they shut down the realm due to the pipe bombs, a legislation enforcement officer noticed a gun on the seat of Coffman’s pickup. A subsequent search of the truck turned up a “loaded 9 mm Hi-Point handgun; a loaded Windham Weaponry rifle; a loaded Hatfield Gun Company SAS shotgun; several large capacity ammunition feeding devices loading with more than ten rounds of rifle ammunition; hundreds of rounds of ammunition; a crossbow with bolts; several machetes; camouflage smoke devices; stun gun” and 11 Molotov cocktails.
He was initially indicted on 17 counts, together with possession of an unregistered firearm, carrying a pistol with no license, carrying a rifle or shotgun, possession of a large-capacity feeding system, possession of an unregistered firearm, and illegal possession of ammunition.
When legislation enforcement officers searched Coffman, they discovered a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun in his proper pocket and a .22-caliber North American Arms revolver in his left pocket. He was initially indicted in January and has been detained ever since.
GPS data confirmed that Coffman got here to D.C. on Dec. 11, the day earlier than one other pro-Trump rally in help of the president’s efforts to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election, and Coffman tried to satisfy with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). A staffer in Cruz’s workplace wrote that Coffman appeared “to be coming from the ‘friend’ angle in wanting to … help with the election fraud he saw” and that Coffman appeared “unbalanced” or “not 100% there.”
Authorities additionally discovered a be aware inside Coffman’s automobile that singled out a Muslim member of Congress, known as a decide a “bad guy” and praised various conservative figures. Another be aware had contact information for conservative talk-show host Mark Levin and Fox News character Sean Hannity.
Coffman will proceed to be held in jail till his sentencing earlier than Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The FBI has made greater than 650 arrests in reference to the U.S. Capitol assault, roughly one-fourth of the full variety of potential defendants who engaged in chargeable prison conduct on Jan. 6. The FBI continues to hunt data on 350 individuals who engaged in violence on Jan. 6, together with 250 who assaulted legislation enforcement officers.