Man Involved In Anti-Government Militia Sentenced For Role In Murder Of Federal Officers As Well As Predatory Solicitation Of Minors

Court Sentence

On Monday, Robert Jesus Blancas was sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison for destroying evidence related to two fatal shootings of law enforcement officers in 2020. His co-conspirators received relatively light sentences of six months from U.S. District Judge James Donato this year.

Blancas was given an additional ten years in prison for grooming a 15-year-old girl to produce child pornography and sharing explicit messages with other girls on the anonymous social media app Whisper.

Blancas appeared in court wearing a red prison jumpsuit but did not speak.

A militia group called the Grizzly Scouts met on Facebook and started training with firearms and ammunition. They planned to kill police officers to achieve their objective of perpetuating a violent uprising against the government, prosecutors said.

On May 29, 2020, another member of the group named Steven Carrillo shot and killed federal protective officer David Patrick Underwood as he stood guard outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse as part of a specific plan to target law enforcement officers during a racial justice protest that was happening simultaneously in downtown Oakland.

Carrillo was sentenced to 41 years in prison for Underwood’s murder.

Cheng said Monday that Blancas advocated killing police to instigate a violent clash between “Antifa” and the government. He also destroyed files on the groups’ activities stored in a Dropbox account.

Chhabria didn’t believe Dressler’s argument that Blancas was “shocked” by Carrillo’s admission that he’d killed Underwood and sentenced Blancas to 10 years in prison for enticement of a minor, an act the judge said Blancas had done many times over the years. He was adding six months concurrent sentence for obstruction.

 

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