A man from the Detroit region who was associated with an anti-government group and detained just before the 2022 election received a one-year prison term on Monday for offences involving firearms.
Timothy Teagan, a member of the Boogaloo Boys, a group preparing for a U.S. civil war, had attended several demonstrations while carrying an AR-15-style rifle and wearing a Hawaiian shirt.
Teagan, 23, was not charged with terrorism. However, he admitted to lying on his application for a weapons purchase about his regular marijuana usage and to having a rifle and ammo while using drugs. They are both federal offences.
Teagan was given a one-year prison sentence by U.S. District Judge Sean Cox. He will be given credit for time served in jail following his arrest in November of last year.
Defence lawyer Todd Shanker claimed in a court document that Teagan never “raised his rifle or was involved in violence” with the Boogaloo Boys.
“He is considering joining the Libertarian Party to get legitimately involved with politics and address issues of social concern,” said Shanker, adding that Teagan participated in substance abuse education in jail.
First, Plymouth-based police detained Teagan and charged him with assaulting his father. After conducting a search of the residence, FBI investigators found gas masks, body armour and boogaloo flags.
“They were asking if I knew of any violent plans or any violent tendencies that could come forth about the election. … They were asking if we had any plans to go to polls armed,” Teagan told documentarian Ford Fischer after the search.