California man pleads guilty in post-2020 election bombing plot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California man pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to blow up the state’s Democratic Party headquarters in what prosecutors said was the first in a series of politically motivated attacks following the defeat of former President Donald Trump.

Ian Benjamin Rogers, 46, of Napa, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to destroy a building by fire or explosives, possession of an explosive device and possession of a machine gun under a plea agreement which could earn him seven to nine years in federal prison.

US prosecutors in San Francisco have charged Rogers and Jarrod Copeland with conspiring to attack targets they associated with Democrats after Trump’s defeat in the November 2020 presidential election.

Both men “hoped their attacks would spark a movement,” prosecutors said when they announced the charges in July.

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