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71-year-old convicted of injuring FBI agent with 'Home Alone' style booby traps; rigged house with spike strips, rolling hot tub, and rat-trap shotgun

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A man was convicted by an Oregon jury for crimes committed in 2018 that involved booby-trapping a home that resulted in an FBI agent being shot by one of the makeshift devices.

A 71-year-old named Gregory Lee Rodvelt was found guilty of assaulting a federal officer and using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, according to the United States Attorney's Office District of Oregon.

Court documents stated that in September 2018, Oregon State Police and the FBI discovered homemade traps when they went to a property formerly owned by Rodvelt that he lost in a lawsuit. When Rodvelt learned a receiver, an official meant to care for the seized home, was appointed to sell the property, he reportedly set up booby traps that would make "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin proud.

To start, a minivan blocked the home's gate. FBI bomb technicians then found steel animal traps affixed under the hood of the minivan, as well as to a gate post. Homemade spike strips were also found, which had previously been run over by the aforementioned receiver.

As the FBI agents neared the home, they saw a hot tub that was placed on its side. The luxury whirlpool was rigged so that when a gate opened it would mechanically trigger the tub to roll toward the person who opened the gate. It was "much like a scene from the movie ‘Indiana Jones — Raiders of the Lost Ark’ in which actor Harrison Ford is forced to outrun a giant stone boulder that he inadvertently triggered by a booby trap switch,” police records said, according to the Washington Post.

In the garage, agents found a rat trap that was modified to accept a shotgun shell. The trap was connected to the main garage door so that it would be fired when the door was opened.

Along with barred windows and security doors at the front and back of the house, the front door appeared to have bullet holes from shots fired from inside the house. After technicians breached the front door with explosives, they found a wheelchair in the center of the entryway. When the wheelchair was bumped, it triggered a homemade shotgun device that shot an FBI bomb technician below the knee with a .410 caliber round.

The Oregon man faces up to 20 years in federal prison for assaulting a federal officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon and a possible sentence of life in federal prison for using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

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