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Forum News Service, Published January 07 2014

Suspect to plead guilty in Montevideo weapons case

MINNEAPOLIS - A man originally accused of planning to attack Montevideo, Minn., is expected to plead guilty Friday to weapons charges.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Buford "Bucky" Rogers plans to change his plea to guilty during a U.S. District Court hearing Friday.

Originally, the FBI accused the 25-year-old Montevideo man of terrorism after authorities decided he planned to attack a radio tower, police station and National Guard Armory in his community. However, those claims were not included in weapons charges federal prosecutors eventually filed last year.

He faces charges of having Molotov cocktails, a pipe bomb and other destructive devices and of possessing a semi-automatic rifle as a convicted felon.

The FBI and other law enforcement personnel raided Rogers' family home last May 3 and later declared he was a member of the Black Snake Militia. The militia group apparently was made up mostly of Rogers' family.

Court records indicate that Rogers was convicted of a third-degree felony burglary charge in 2011 and a petty misdemeanor in 2009 for reckless handling of a gun.