Volusia County Bomb Builder Sentenced To 41 Months in Federal Prison
Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Chief United States District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced John M. Jenkins (25, Lake Helen) to 41 months in federal prison for possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device). Jenkins was found guilty on October 12, 2011, after a federal jury trial.
According to evidence presented at trial, on April 2, 2011, Milligan became angry after she was robbed of $400 in a failed illegal drug transaction. Milligan and Rassi decided to retaliate against the person who had stolen the money by building a destructive device and blowing up the victim's car. Jenkins offered to help Milligan and Rassi by building a pipe bomb for them. He then purchased components and assembled the pipe bomb at his mother’s Lake Helen residence. Jenkins bragged to Milligan and Rassi that he had built pipe bombs in the past, and even offered to show Milligan a location where he had detonated them.
Milligan and Rassi subsequently drove to the victim's apartment complex in DeLand. At 2:30 a.m., Milligan placed the pipe bomb into the tailpipe of the victim's automobile, lit the fuse and fled the area. As Milligan placed the bomb, Rassi shouted encouragement to her mother, telling her to “hurry up and light [the bomb].” The resulting explosion damaged at least two automobiles and sprayed shrapnel into the parking lot of the complex.
When arrested by authorities, Milligan and Rassi admitted to leaving threatening voice mail messages for the victim including one in which the victim was told that he had "signed his death warrant." Milligan further confessed that she had placed the pipe bomb in the car because she had wanted to send a message that she would not be "ripped off" in the future.
Lisa Marie Milligan was previously sentenced to 48 months in federal prison for her role in this crime. Cassondra Marie Rassi was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for her role in this crime.
This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill, along with Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Tampa Field Division, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.
This case was investigated by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the State of Florida Fire Marshal's Office, and ATF. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.