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December 6, 2022
The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Ian Benjamin Rogers pleaded guilty Friday to being involved in a conspiracy to bomb the Democratic Party Headquarters in Sacramento.
The DOJ said Rogers also pleaded guilty to weapons violations, including one count of possession of unregistered destructive devices and a count of possessing an illegal machine gun.
Rogers, who is a 46-year-old from Napa, was one of two men involved in the plot. Jarrod Copeland, a 38-year-old, had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy and the destruction of records.
According to court documents, Rogers was arrested in January of 2021 following a search of his home and business. Copeland, a Vallejo resident, was arrested in Sacramento in July.
According to law enforcement, the two men exchanged messages in November 2020 that showed them plotting an attack to “hit the enemy in the mouth,” with Rogers specifically telling Copeland that “I want to blow up a democrat (sic) building bad.”
Referring to the date of Biden’s inauguration, Rogers wrote: “After the 20th we go to war.” He was arrested five days before Biden was inaugurated. As reported by the Department of Justice, Copeland has since admitted that when he learned of his friend’s arrest, “he notified a militia group to which he belonged and, in response to instruction from them, destroyed evidence to prevent law enforcement from finding the evidence.”
On their search of Rogers’s home, law enforcement officers reportedly found “45 to 50 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and five pipe bombs.” Rogers’s plea agreement includes an admission that he planned to use the weapons “against the property of those whose political views differed from his, including the Democratic Headquarters building in Sacramento.”
In a criminal complaint filed against Rogers, FBI Special Agent Stephanie Minor testified that an explosives technician who examined the pipe bombs found that “were fully operational and could cause great bodily harm or injury if handled improperly.”
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