Apr 1, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Man sentenced for bringing molotov cocktails and guns near Capitol on Jan. 6

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021.

Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

A federal judge on Friday sentenced Lonnie Coffman to 46 months in prison for bringing Molotov cocktails and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices near the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Driving the news: U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said she hadn't heard an explanation for why Coffman had "almost a small armory in his truck, ready to do battle," AP reports.

  • Coffman, of Alabama, pleaded guilty in November to bringing several loaded firearms, 11 Molotov cocktails and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his truck to Capitol Hill, according to court filings
  • Coffman said he drove to Washington "to try to discover just how true and secure was the [2020 presidential] election," per AP.
  • "If I had any idea that things would turn out like they did, I would have stayed home," he wrote in a letter to the judge.
  • Coffman, who exited his pickup truck at around 9:20am on the morning of Jan. 6, carried two loaded firearms as he walked throughout the day, per court filings.

The big picture: More than 770 people have been charged in connection with the Capitol riot and more than 130 people have been sentenced, per AP.

  • Coffman is one of nine defendants whose prison sentence is greater than one year.

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