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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JUNE 5, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


WEST PLAINS MAN CHARGED WITH

MAILING EXPLOSIVE DEVICE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a West Plains, Mo., man was charged in federal court yesterday for mailing an explosive device.


             Donald W. Schamber, 60, was charged in a one-count criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mo., yesterday afternoon. The complaint alleges that on or about June 1, 2007, in Howell County, Mo., Schamber deposited and caused to be delivered by mail a package containing a pipe bomb with intent to injure another person.


            Schamber is scheduled to appear before the U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow for his first appearance. If convicted, under federal statutes, Schamber could be subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this complaint are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Oliver. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Missouri Highway Patrol; the Howell County, Mo., Sheriff’s Office; the Oregon County, Mo., Sheriff’s Office; the Texas County, Mo., Sheriff’s Office; and the West Plains, Mo., Police and Fire Departments.


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