The attorneys for alleged Capitol rioter Lonnie Coffman are currently in talks with federal prosecutors about a plea offer.
Coffman, who is facing a 17-count indictment, has been complaining of “aches and pains” from a shoulder ailment and has requested an MRI while incarcerated. According to MacFarlane, Coffman, who is 70, would have to spend at least another month in jail just to get a judgment on the legality of such a plea deal.
As a reminder, Lonnie Coffman rolled up on a police perimeter — with two guns in his pocket! — and asked whether they found the bombs. (He apparently meant the RNC & DNC bombs rather than the Molotov cocktails in his truck.) https://t.co/EYmFPRJKdn
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) May 24, 2021
On January 6, Coffman, an Alabama native, is accused of taking 11 Molotov cocktails to the Capitol. He had previously driven to Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) home and left an “unbalanced” note for the senator’s office.
Neighbors were taken aback by Coffman’s involvement in the brawl, with one remarking that he just seemed like “the old guy next door.”
Coffman is complaining about shoulder injury, wants an MRI while in jail
Judge agrees to talk to Marshals Service about possibility.
Worth noting.. Coffman is gonna spend another 1-2 months in jail simply awaiting a decision on plea deal
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) July 26, 2021
Coffman appeared in court on Monday and requested an MRI. The judge stated that he would talk to the Marshall’s service about the possibility of getting an MRI scheduled.
Coffman, a Vietnam veteran who reportedly brought Mason jar explosives to Capitol Hill on January 6, drove around the building in December, called Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s office before the riot, and attempted to visit the Republican at home.
Coffman reportedly engaged in a paramilitary patrol on the southern border seven years ago and brought details about border security paramilitary groups on January 6.
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Released filings shined a light on Coffman’s political leanings were released to the court under seal in recent weeks, but federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly identified them in a public opinion Monday to hold him in jail while awaiting trial. Coffman has pleaded not guilty and has been portrayed by his family as a troubled Vietnam veteran with mental health problems.
Coffman was arrested on multiple gun charges soon after the Capitol riot on January 6 due to the arsenal he had in his vehicle.
Investigators were able to monitor Coffman’s movements up until January 6 thanks to a GPS tracker found in his vehicle, according to the filing.
Cruz’s office noted his call on December 11.
“Man says that he went to [Senator Cruz’s] DC home to visit him with no answer at the door, and then called to try to arrange a meeting with him over the phone. Directed him to the scheduler’s email address. He is also looking for contact info for S. Hannity, M. Levin, and R. Limbaugh,” a Cruz staffer had noted.
According to the court record, the staffer also told US Capitol Police that Coffman appeared “not 100 percent there” during the call and that he appeared “to be coming from the ‘friend’ angle in wanting to … help with the election fraud he saw,” according to the court record.
Coffman has been on the FBI’s radar since a 2014 trip to Camp Lonestar, where armed groups gather to search the US-Mexico border for refugees, in addition to the militia contact information found in his wallet on January 6. According to court documents, he had brought a shotgun and a revolver with him.