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In DC Coffman Detained on Molotov Cocktails As Mostofsky Freed For $100000 Bail in EDNY

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FEDERAL COURT, Jan 12 –  Three days after in the US Capitol among other things Mark Leffingwell stuck a Capitol Police officer repeatedly with a closed fist (and was freed), an affidavit was unsealed about still detained Lonnie Coffman, with a detention hearing next week. It says:

..."two US Capitol Police officers observed the handle of what appeared to be a firearm on the front right passenger seat of a red GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck with Alabama license plate 52HJ703 vehicle was registered to Lonnie L. Coffman of Falkville, Alabama...

 Now on January 12 after a hearing which Inner City Press live tweeted, here and below - and unlike Aaron Mostofsky freed on $100,000 bail on consent, here, Coffman was ordered detained pending trial:

AUSA in DDC: The defendant is 71 years old, and could be imprisoned to the end of his life. He had been living out of his truck. He should not be released to re-arm himself.

Defense lawyer for Coffman: Looking at his background, he's never been convicted of a crime. He's going to be 71 later this week. Never failed to appear. He's a veteran who served in the Vietnam War, a lifetime resident of Alabama otherwise.

 Defense lawyer for Coffman: He was outside of the perimeter. He wanted to get back to his truck.  Yes, he had two hand guns on his person.

 Defense lawyer for Coffman: He has a gun license in Alabama. He has medical conditions, including one I'm not going to say on the record.

 Defense lawyer for Coffman: The jail is not providing him with the correct treatment. He should be released, to stay in Alabama within 50 miles of his home - so obviously he would not come to DC.

AUSA: The evidence of Mr. Coffman's guilt on 17 charges is extensive. He had guns on his person. He had two sets of keys to the truck. It's a camera-heavy area and the video shows no one else accessed the truck.

 Judge: I will be detaining you. I don't believe, Mr. Coffman, that you are a risk of flight. But I believe you are a danger.

Judge: You have a license for guns, suggesting you are a law abiding citizen down in Alabama. Nevertheless, some accusations are so serious that alone is sufficient to justify holding you pending trial. You had 11 destructive devised, Molotov cocktails

Judge: It is hard to understand why anyone would need so much fire-power. When seen all together, I conclude your release would pose a danger to the community. Your concerns about COVID, I take them seriously. Yesterday the jail told me there are 4 positives there

Judge: Last April there were 100 cases there. So based on the data, I think things are successful. If another outbreak, you could seek release on an emergency basis.

  More from the complaint: "the Bomb Squad responded to the location of the Red GMC Sierra Pickup truck. One black handgun was recovered.. During the search of the cab of the truck, officers recovered, among other things, one M4 Carbine assault rifle along with rifle magazines... 

"officers recovered in the bed of the pickup truck (i) 11 mason jars containing an unknown liquid with a golf tee in the top of each jar, (ii) cloth rags, and (iii) lighters.... consistent with components for an incendiary device known as a “Molotov Cocktail.” Here's a summertime Molotov song.

On January 8, Leffingwell was released to fly back to him home in Seattle, no GPS monitor, no bond. 

Inner City Press covered the case.   U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey held the detention, or really non-detention, proceeding. Inner City Press live tweeted it here:  (then, song here)

Now in Federal Court in DC, hearing of detained  Mark Jefferson LEFFINGWELL who "attempted to push past me and other officers. When he was deterred from advancing further into the building, LEFFINGWELL punched me repeatedly with a closed fist."

Assistant US Attorney is *not* asking for detention . He'll be allowed to travel back home to Seattle.

 AUSA: We'll be requesting strict conditions... A stay-away from DC... A curfew.  Judge: You say he works. What is it? Lawyer: A packaging plant called Panacea in Everett, Washington. 30 to 40 hours a week.

 From the complaint: "I was struck in the helmet that I was wearing and in the chest. Working with other officers, I was able to gain control over LEFFINGWELL, who attempted to struggle while being detained. I transported LEFFINGWELL to US Capitol Police HQ."

Judge Harvey: Believe it or not, I have a lot of these case. Pre-Trial should find out about GPS in the Districts where these folks come from. I released someone else yesterday. Defense: GPS is not necessary. He has 2 children.

Defense: He wants to go to church on the weekend. No need to be on a GPS. We'll take a stay away. He's never been to DC before.

Mrs. Leffingwell: I'm an insurance agent. We have a son, Noah, and Nicholas. Judge: I am going to release Mr. Leffingwell.

Judge: You can turn in your guns to a police station. You must call pre-trial once a week and keep working [at the packaging plant.] Stay away from DC except for court. Our proceedings will be remote, you probably won't have to come.

 Judge Harvey: I don't see the point of putting him on a curfew if we're not going to do GPS. Defense: He needs his ID to fly back to Seattle.

AUSA: We have nothing.

 Defense: He passed his phone to one of his friends. I think they have his license.

AUSA: A third party? I can look for it. Which agency.

Defense: He was brought to 1-D-1, next to the baseball field, then the cell block.

Judge Harvey: I am going to release Mr Leffingwell. He must stay away from Washington DC. [That seems to be the main focus]

Judge Harvey: You'll have to Zoom in to the preliminary hearing... We've got the phone number, no worries, Mr. Leffingwell.

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