A lot happened in and around the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, and while most of it has been covered by the media relentlessly, one case that involved an individual who parked a vehicle full of weapons in the area on that day just made the news in a big way.
According to Fox News, Lonnie Leroy Coffman, an Alabama man, reportedly had “almost a small armory in his truck, ready to do battle,” parked outside of the Capitol complex on Jan. 6 last year, according to U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, which ultimately resulted in a prison sentence.
On Friday, the judge sentenced him to nearly four years in prison, while giving Coffman credit for the roughly one year he’s already served.
The 72-year-old man swore that he had no intentions of hurting anyone on that day, but was only trying ” to discover just how true and secure was the (2020 presidential) election.”
Coffman seemingly admitted that he made a grave mistake by showing up with a vehicle full of guns and Molotov cocktails.
“If I had any idea that things would turn out like they did, I would have stayed home,” a handwritten letter to the judge, from Coffman, read.
At the time of the Capitol riot incident on Jan. 6, Coffman’s truck reportedly “contained a handgun, a rifle, a shotgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a crossbow, machetes, a stun gun and a cooler containing eleven mason jars with holes punched in the lids, according to prosecutors,” Fox News noted.
The mason jars contained mixtures of styrofoam and gasoline, which is a crude formula for homemade napalm.
Coffman’s mobile armory was discovered shortly after law enforcement officers made a wide sweep of the area around the Capitol after discovering legitimate pipe bomb devices at both the DNC and RNC headquarters.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Friedman said: “Possession of so much dangerous weapons in our nation’s capital is uniquely offensive to our cherished, democratic political traditions.”
Coffman seemed to have been swept up in the post-2020 presidential election madness, including claims of widespread fraud, as he reportedly attempted to visit the home of an unnamed U.S. senator to “help” with an election fraud case.
He later called the senator’s office, with prosecutors noting “A staff member at the Senator’s office recorded that the defendant seemed ‘unbalanced’ or ‘not 100% there’ during the call, but did not seem threatening.”