By ohtadmin | on December 14, 2021
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A Karnes City man was sentenced Dec. 8 to 24 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm.
According to court records, on Oct. 28, 2020, FBI agents arrested Cameron Emerson Casey Rankin, 22, at his residence, where they recovered a semi-automatic rifle during the execution of a search warrant. The illegally possessed firearm had the capability and means to affect violence in furtherance of his beliefs. Rankin expressed a desire to overthrow the government, specifically, the “three-letter agencies” such as ATF, FBI, and IRS. He attempted to purchase two long guns from a San Antonio retail outlet in March 2018, but was denied under the “Prohibited Category,” for previously being judicially committed to a mental institution.
On May 30, 2020, Rankin and others, carrying long guns and pistols, appeared at the Alamo in downtown San Antonio to attend a protest in reaction to the death of George Floyd. The next day, Rankin posted on his Facebook account photos of himself and others carrying firearms at the protest, as well as comments about his disdain for police including,
“… hope they burn the precinct down” and “I’m BOOGALOO we hate police.”
Rankin pleaded guilty in April to one count of possession of a firearm by one who has been judicially committed to a mental institution. He has been in federal custody since his arrest on October 28, 2020.
The FBI and ATF investigated the case.