Militia member sentenced to over 10 years for shootings cover-up

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A far-right, anti-government militia member was sentenced to 126 months in prison for obstructing justice in an investigation and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. 

Robert Blancas, 35, is a member of the “Grizzly Scouts,” a militia group connected to the “boogaloo” militias, which are anti-law enforcement and anti-government extremists. 

On May 29, 2020, ex-Air Force Sgt. Steven Carillo shot two Federal Protective Security Officers at the Oakland federal building. Carillo was also involved in a shootout with Santa Cruz County’s sheriff’s deputies in June 2020. 

Carillo pled guilty in trials for both shootings earlier this year. 

Blancas, a self-named “1st Lieutenant” in the militia, admitted to obstructing the shootings’ investigation to protect his fellow Grizzly Scout. He and his co-defendants revealed destroying evidence in an attempt to affect the investigations. 

Blancas was also arrested in December 2020 for sexually enticing a 15-year-old girl. He reportedly made her send him pornographic photographs and videos of herself. 

Blancas admitted to knowing that she was underage and receiving more than 100 pornographic photos and videos from the victim and exchanging messages, audios, and video calls. 

Blancas will receive a ten-year term of supervised release after he serves his sentence in prison.