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Defense: No Evidence Montevideo Man Plotted Attack

Buford Rogers, Chippewa County Jail

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for a Minnesota militia member indicted in what the FBI once called a “terror plot” is asking that his client be released pending sentencing.

Twenty-five-year-old Buford Braden Rogers faces weapons charges, including one count related to possessing Molotov cocktails. But he does not face any terror-related charges. He’s scheduled to plead guilty Friday.

In documents filed Wednesday, Assistant Federal Defender Andrew Mohring says authorities initially cast Rogers as a domestic terrorist when he was arrested in May.

He says that while Rogers had dangerous items, in the end, no additional evidence was found to confirm Rogers plotted an attack.

Mohring says Rogers is not as dangerous as initially alleged and could be released with conditions.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI had no comment.

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