Capitol Rioter Who Allegedly Brought 11 Molotov Cocktails to D.C. Gets Plea Agreement

An Alabama man who allegedly participated in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and was charged with bringing 11 Molotov cocktails and other weapons to Washington, has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to a court filing, the Associated Press reported.

Lonnie Coffman of Falkville, Alabama, was arrested on January 6 and faced multiple firearms charges, including possession of unregistered firearms and possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device.

According to the arrest affidavit, police found 11 mason jars in Coffman's truck, among other weapons. Prosecutors allege that the jars contained melted plastic foam and gasoline, which creates a highly flammable and sticky "napalm-like" liquid.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly gave a deadline of Wednesday for prosecutors and defense to act on a plea offer extended by the government in July, the Washington Post reported.

"The parties have reached an agreement to resolve this case prior to trial through a plea agreement," prosecutors wrote in the filing.

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An Alabama man who allegedly brought 11 Molotov cocktails to Washington, D.C., on January 6 has reached a plea deal with prosecutors. Above, preparations for the first hearing of the House Select Committee on the January 6 riot on July 26, 2021, in Washington. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Wednesday filing from federal prosecutors did not provide details of the agreement with Coffman. A hearing in the case is scheduled for September 29.

Coffman is one of hundreds of people arrested after rioters supporting then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and disrupted the certification of President Joe Biden's election win.

Police that day found Coffman's truck in Washington packed with several loaded guns; a crossbow with bolts; several machetes; camouflage smoke devices and a stun gun, according to prosecutors.

Law enforcement officers discovered the weapons in his truck during a sweep of the area after pipe bombs were found near two buildings. Prosecutors said Coffman left his truck on the morning of the riot and was arrested when he returned to the vehicle in the evening.

A judge in May denied Coffman bond, citing his participation in a militia training camp and large stockpile of weapons. According to earlier court filings, the FBI in 2014 identified Coffman as a participant at Camp Lonestar, a reported gathering place for Texas militia groups, and said he had information about two other militia groups.

Coffman is an Army veteran who served two tours during the Vietnam War. According to family members, he dealt with depression and "often spoke about the difficulty he had dealing with the experiences from the war," the court document said. A family member said Coffman "became a hermit after he separated from his wife," according to the court document.