MINNEAPOLIS -- A New Brighton man on Tuesday became the second member of the “Boogaloo Bois” extremist group to plead guilty in a 2020 plot to provide material support to a foreign terror organization.
Michael Robert Solomon, 31, sold silencers and other gun parts to an FBI agent he believed was a member of Hamas, according to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis last November.
A federal judge accepted Solomon’s guilty plea, but he has not yet been sentenced. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
An attorney for Solomon did not return a voicemail seeking comment.
Solomon and his co-defendant, 22-year-old Benjamin Ryan Teeter of Hampstead, N.C., who pleaded guilty in the case in December, first came to the attention of law enforcement in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in late May 2020.
Authorities began investigating the Boogaloo Bois, a loosely organized anti-government extremist group, after learning that some members were discussing violence and were armed during the unrest in Minneapolis.
In early June, the FBI received information about Teeter, Solomon and other Boogaloo Bois members through a confidential source, whom Solomon and Teeter believed to be a member of Hamas, a militant Palestinian organization.
In recorded conversations, the pair expressed that Hamas shares anti-U.S. government views that align with their own, court documents said. Teeter and Solomon also desired to be “mercenaries” for Hamas to generate funds for the Boogaloo Bois movement.
On June 14, Teeter met with the confidential source and proposed ways to assist Hamas, including using explosives to destroy U.S. government buildings, court documents said.
According to court documents, on June 19, Teeter and Solomon met with the source and discussed a plot to destroy a Minnesota courthouse.
Teeter and Solomon also produced and delivered five firearm suppressors to the source and an undercover FBI employee on July 30.
The two agreed to make additional suppressors for Hamas, court documents said.
On Aug. 29, Teeter and Solomon gave the undercover FBI employee a 3D printed “auto sear” device, believing it would be used by Hamas to convert semi automatic rifles into fully automatic ones, court documents said.