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Alabama man with arsenal of weapons at U.S. Capitol sentenced to nearly four years

Lonnie Cofffman, 70, pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered firearm and carrying a pistol without a license.

Police found a crossbow, Molotov cocktails, guns, smoke canisters and dozens of rounds of ammunition in Alabama man Lonnie Leroy Coffman's truck. (VIA COURT RECORDS)

Alabama man Lonnie Coffman on Friday was sentenced to nearly four years in prison, ​​the third-longest sentence thus far for those convicted in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

Coffman, 70, of Falkville, was arrested on the day of the Capitol attack attempting to return to his truck after the deadly riots. His truck was  loaded with firearms, ammunition, a crossbow, smoke canisters and 11 Molotov cocktails. 

According to a court filing in support of pretrial detention, in the truck, police found a handgun, assault rifle, shotgun and “several large-capacity ammunition feeding devices,” hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a crossbow, several machetes, smoke devices, a stun gun and 11 mason jars, which were later determined to contain homemade napalm. Coffman had two pistols on him when police arrested him while returning to his truck, according to court records. 

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said she still hadn’t heard an explanation for why Coffman had so many weapons and explosive devices, according to the Associated Press. 

Coffman in a letter to the judge said he drove to Washington alone “to try to discover just how true and secure was the (2020 presidential) election,” according to the news outlet. 

“If I had any idea that things would turn out like they did, I would have stayed home,” Coffman wrote in the letter. 

Coffman wasn’t charged with entering the Capitol or taking part in the riot, but pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered firearm and carrying a pistol without a license.

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.



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