The lawyer for the North Carolina man accused of making bomb threats outside the Library of Congress says his client is close to reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Floyd Ray Roseberry force the police into a hours of waiting time in August 2021 after he allegedly claimed to have carried a bomb in his pickup truck. He was accused of driving the truck from North Carolina to Washington.
He is now charged with threatening to use weapons of mass destruction against the United States and could face life in prison. He was also charged with threatening to use an explosive device, which could carry a sentence of 10 years in prison.
At a status hearing, Roseberry’s attorney David Boss tell the US District Judge Rudolph Contreras that the parties are currently negotiating a plea agreement. Bos said he is waiting to receive more medical and psychological records related to his client’s counter with the government’s plea offer.
After Roseberry’s arrest, a court-appointed psychologist speak Roseberry has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and needs more medical treatment. Weeks later, after Roseberry’s medication had been adjusted; The psychologist said his symptoms were stable, and the U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui identify that Roseberry is competent to stand trial.
Bos suggested that the parties could return to court in 30 days for a status meeting, but they are more likely to have reached an agreement after about 45 days.
Assistant US Attorney Christopher Tortorice agreed.
Contreras, a Barack Obama appointee, set the next hearing for May 16.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, a family member called local police the day before the incident to express concern about Roseberry’s recent actions and statements.
The police then called the FBI as the deadlock was unfolding.
“During the course of these events on August 19, 2021, which attracted widespread media attention, a local law enforcement official in Cleveland County, North Carolina contacted the FBI. to report that the officer recognized Roseberry as the subject of a report received the previous day. , on August 18, 2021, by a person (W-1) associated with Roseberry,” the affidavit said. “W-1 has reported their concern that Roseberry has recently expressed anti-government views and intends to travel to Virginia or Washington, DC to commit acts of violence. W-1 also reported that Roseberry had said he “ordered a long coat to protect him from Taser and tear gas cannons and that he would just wear his cowboy hat on the police. ”
During the stalemate, Roseberry posted a video to her Facebook page and, according to prosecutors, can be heard saying:
Hey, call the police and tell them to come out and clean up the Capitol. Tell them to clean the Capitol. Please tell them to delete it. These damn people think I’m joking, don’t they. Hi, did you call them? I called 911 a few times. Tell them to come out and clean up this damn place. They need to clear that up because I have a bomb here. I don’t want anyone to get hurt. Yes, sir, I don’t want anyone hurt. I’m not here to hurt anyone. I’m not lying, tell them there’s some more.
[. . .]
We are here. The damn revolution starts today Joe Biden. And before you retort any of my bounces, you better get your military experts out, ask them assholes what a 7-pound barrel of gun powder will do with 2.5 pound of tannerite on that bastard.
If you want to shoot me and have a chance to blow up city blocks two and a half long, because that toolbox is full, ammonium nitrate is full.
To the end, No explosives were found in Roseberry’s truck.
[Images via DOJ court filing.]
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