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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Change of plea hearing Friday for Buford Rogers

  • A change to the court schedule could mean a change in direction for the case of Buford Rogers, a Montevideo man alleged to have been involved in what FBI agents called a “terror plot” in May.
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  • A change to the court schedule could mean a change in direction for the case of Buford Rogers, a Montevideo man alleged to have been involved in what FBI agents called a “terror plot” in May.
     
    Though no terrorism charges have been leveled against Rogers, he was charged with three counts of possessing unregistered destructive devices, and of being in possession of a firearm as a felon.
     
    Rogers is not allowed to possess firearms following a third-degree burglary conviction in 2011, related to the theft of guns, tools and a laptop from garages around western Minnesota.
     
    The 25-year-old was expected to go on trial for the explosive devices and firearm charges next week, but a change in the schedule now shows a change of plea hearing is scheduled for Friday.
     
    There is no official word on what Rogers will be changing his plea to, and for which charges.
     
    Previously released transcripts showed that the FBI acted largely on information provided by a man from Texas who stayed with Rogers for awhile. The informant had said Rogers was planning a terrorist attack. The FBI has said that Rogers was a member of a small group called the Black Snake Militia.
     
    In late December, a previously withheld portion of the FBI’s interview with Rogers was released. It had been held because Rogers had not been read his rights before that period of the interview.
     
    During that portion, Rogers tells the interviewing agent that he was opposed to violence. Rogers denies any plans to carry out an attack, and said he was not aware of anyone planning one. He mentions he was trying to investigate groups he considers dangerous. He claims to not be a “bomb guy” but did talk of making bombs and owning materials. He admitted that his connections to other militia groups probably looks bad, but that he had good intentions.
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    Also in the previously-sealed portion of the interview, Rogers told the FBI about another militia member named Keith, who was involved in the National Guard. Some are speculating that this Keith is Keith Novak, who was arrested last month, though there is not yet any concrete evidence that this is the case.
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