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Dutch National Affiliated with ‘Bugaloo Bois’ Sentenced for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia

ABINGDON, Va.– A Dutch national and member of the Bugaloo Bois, was sentenced today to time served, which included five and a half months in prison, for illegally possessing a firearm while being unlawfully present in the United States.

According to court documents, Jaap Willem Lijbers, 27, was living in the United States on an I-94 Visa that expired on May 20, 2014. A review of immigration records showed that Lijbers never applied for adjustment or readmission. Lijbers pleaded guilty in April to one count of possessing a firearm while being unlawfully present in the United States.

Lijbers, who was residing in Raven, Va., frequently coordinated and communicated online with members of the Bugaloo Bois, a loosely connected group of individuals espousing violent anti-government sentiment.  During some of these interactions, court documents allege that Lijbers encouraged other members of the Bugaloo Bois group to attend political rallies and commit acts of violence, to include taking over government buildings.  Lijbers also encouraged others to participate in violent conduct against law enforcement officers in a “pig roast.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar of the Western District of Virginia and Stanley M. Meador, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division, made the announcement today. 

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher Kavanaugh and Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States. 

Updated August 20, 2021

Firearms Offenses