North Carolina man who threatened to blow up U.S. Capitol might be sentenced to life imprisonment

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Floyd Ray Roseberry on Friday was formally charged in a Washington D.C. Federal court for threatening to blow up the U.S. Capitol.

The North Carolina man who was arrested on Thursday has been ordered to be held in custody without bail.

Roseberry who pulled his black pick-up truck onto the sidewalk near the Library of Congress, across the street from the U.S. Capitol building gave the threat in a five-hour standoff streamed live on social media from his Facebook account. He is been charged with "threatening to use explosives and a weapon of mass destruction".

In law, charges on the weapon of mass destruction are punishable by up to life in prison.

In the Facebook video, "Roseberry huffed against Democrats including President Biden and claimed that he was participating in a 'revolution' and encouraged other 'patriots' to join him."

In an affidavit, the FBI cited him saying, "Hey, call the police and tell them to come out here and clear the Capitol," and "They need to clear that 'cause I got a bomb in here." He added, "I don't want nobody hurt. I'm not coming here to hurt nobody.

According to the FBI, Roseberry claimed to have in his possession 2.5 pounds of explosive. However, police recovered an object that appeared to be an explosive device from his pick-up truck. It was later sent to the FBI lab for further investigation.

The FBI also noted that prior to his live-streamed threat, a relative of Roseberry had tip local police that he was planning to travel Virginia or D.C. "to conduct acts of violence".

A competency hearing was set for Aug. 25.

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