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Alabama man pleads to federal weapons charges related to Capitol insurrection


A north Alabama man is pleading guilty to two federal charges connected to the January sixth insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Lonnie Coffman pleaded guilty to two federal charges of possession of unregistered firearms. The counts are related to Molotov cocktails found in the vehicle and at his home near the town of Falkville. Coffman was arrested after police found multiple guns and incendiary devices in his pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection. Coffman told a judge he didn't intend to blow up anything the day of the insurrection. A judge set sentencing for April 1st.

While this goes on another Alabamian has been arrested in connection with the January sixth Capitol breach in Washington. Gregory Lamar Nix of the town of Cleveland was arrested this for his alleged role in the insurrection. A press release from the FBI states Nix’s charges include engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, civil disorder and assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers with a dangerous weapon. Video footage shows Nix using a flagpole as a weapon to breech the capitol building and attack a capitol police officer. His case is being investigated by the FBI’s Birmingham field office. Since the insurrection 675 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states. According to USAToday, 12 of those arrested have been from Alabama.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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