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Man who threatened Wal-Mart shooting set for sentencing

By Stephen Betts | Oct 13, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Jeremy Rogers shown at a court hearing in August 2019 at the Knox County court in Rockland.

Portland — The man who posted videos threatening to commit a shooting at Walmart is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Jeremy Rogers, 26, pleaded guilty Feb. 20 in U.S. District Court in Portland to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Rogers will be sentenced via video hearing before Judge George Singal.

"Mr. Rogers entered a plea in this matter of February 20, 2020, shortly before the Court’s first General Order in response to the pandemic," his attorney James Mason stated in a motion for the video sentencing. "Since that time, he has waited in limbo waiting for the sentencing. Mr. Rogers has accepted responsibility and would like to move forward to the next chapter in his life. He believes being sentenced by video, but not telephonically, is consistent with his rights."

Mason noted the government did not object to the sentencing in this case proceeding via video.

The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum possible prison term of 10 years along with a fine of up to $250,000. The charge also could result in Rogers being on supervised release for two years after release from prison.

He was indicted Dec. 13.

Rogers has been held in jail since Aug. 22, 2019, when he was arrested outside a residence on Mt. Pleasant Street in Rockport by Rockland Police Sgt. (now Deputy Chief) Joel Neal.

The arrest came moments after Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe obtained a state arrest warrant against Rogers.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Murphy is prosecuting the case.

Rogers, from Connecticut, was staying at a residence of a family friend in Rockport.

New York police notified local police that Rogers sent a video via Facebook messenger to a woman in New York showing him wearing a ski mask and holding an AR-15 rifle. In the video, he is quoted as saying "F--- it, I'm going to Walmart," according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Court in Rockland.

A second video showed Rogers, without a mask, making disparaging comments about a woman and pointing a gun at his head, according to the affidavit.

Rockport police were alerted because family members said Rogers recently moved to the town.

The affidavit filed in federal court revealed that Rogers purchased ammunition suitable for use in an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle from Walmart in Thomaston Aug. 10, 2019. The FBI statement also detailed additional threats Rogers made over Facebook.

On Aug. 12, 2019, he posted a photograph of the AR-15 and said, "Wanna see my new Walmart killer?"

"I got so bored, I bought a bunch of bullets and shotgun shells. I named her Bella," Rogers stated in the posts, according to the FBI affidavit.

He then commented online that he was trying to figure out what was wrong with one of his guns because it could only fire one shot at a time.

On Aug. 18, 2019, he sent a Facebook message to another person showing a photograph of the interior of a Walmart with the comment "Match begins at 2."

Later in the day, he sent a post to another person, where he wore a mask and said he was going to Walmart.

Yet another video shows Rogers firing a Glock17C handgun with a small flashlight attached to it. He then shows himself handling three separate handguns and states "Man, I'm drowning in pistols. I got the 9mm Makarov, from Russia with love. Let's go to Austria, get the police Glock, and let's go over to this bitch and get out the other Glock."

A criminal background check on Rogers found he had convictions in 2016 in Connecticut for criminal possession of a firearm, and causing risk of injury to a child, according to court records.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Oct 14, 2020 10:21

Nothing will get done about it until the constitution is updated from the days of the Flintlock. That will never happen until there is a way to stop congressmen and congresswomen from being bought by the NRA and other big money. The open carry law in Maine is ridiculous. If you are afraid to be in public without a gun then stay home.



Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 13, 2020 13:01

And yet again, another person in possession of a fire arm when he is a felon.  Firearm background checks are not working and something needs to be done about it.

 



Posted by: Leslie A Peck | Oct 13, 2020 08:53

Thank you, Knox County Sheriff’s department and Rockport Police, for being on top of this, acting quickly and protecting all of us from the unthinkable nightmare that would have killed any number of us and/or our families as we shopped at our local Walmart. I appreciate everything you do and I’m embarrassed for the people who do not. Thank you for continuing to protect us and our children.



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Oct 13, 2020 08:50

Hope the sentence is the high end to discourage this type of behavior. Fortunate that it was stopped in the planning stage. May never be that fortunate again!



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