Austin man accused of planning mass shooting indicted on federal weapons charges

Booking photo of Steven Thomas Boehle for his April 9 DWI arrest. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police Department)

An Austin man accused last month of planning a mass shooting has been indicted by a federal grand jury on weapons charges.

Steven Thomas Boehle, 50, is charged with for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The indictment alleges that on April 12, Boehle was in possession of three firearms, namely semi-automatic pistols, while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance, according to the the U.S. Attorney's Office.

During a search of his home for a drug related charge authorities found three semi-automatic pistols and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Police also found ten rifles and shotguns during a search of his storage unit.

Boehle had also allegedly attempted to purchase a firearm on multiple occasions but was denied due to an assault conviction from New Haven, Connecticut in 1993. That was in December, 2016, at Central Texas Gunworks here in Austin.

Federal officials say Boehle "exhibits sovereign citizen extremism ideology."

He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

On Monday, a judge set bond at $10,000 for Boehle, but he remains in custody while the U.S. District Court reviews the release order, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.

Boehle was also arrested in Austin back on April 9 for driving while intoxicated.

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