Man convicted of homemade bombs sentenced
MINNEAPOLIS -- A man arrested a year ago in west-central Minnesota and accused of terrorism was sentenced Monday on weapons and explosives charges.
Buford “Bucky” Rogers, of Montevideo, was sentenced in federal court to three years and four months for illegal possession of a firearm and two small, unregistered explosive devices, the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis reported.
In January, Rogers, 25, admitted he possessed a gun, which as a convicted felon, he wasn’t supposed to have and also admitted he built and possessed two black powder-and-nails bombs.
In return for his guilty plea, federal prosecutors will drop two counts accusing him of possessing three other bombs that he’d not bothered to register with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The FBI claimed Rogers had schemed to raid the National Guard Armory in Montevideo. Agents also claimed he had discussed blowing up the city’s police station and toppling a communications tower.
A raid on his home involved almost 50 officers from several law enforcement agencies.