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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


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APRIL 9, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


GRANBY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PIPE BOMBS,

ILLEGAL HANDGUN


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Granby, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing pipe bombs and a handgun.


            Jered Jackson, 29, of Granby, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to the charges contained in an April 11, 2007, federal indictment.


            By pleading guilty today, Jackson admitted that he made and was in possession of pipe bombs, and that he was in possession of those pipe bombs as well as a Glock .45-caliber pistol while being an unlawful user of methamphetamine. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.


            On March 12, 2007, law enforcement officers from the Neosho, Mo., Police Department and the Monett, Mo., Police Department executed a search warrant upon a Chevy owned by Jackson, who had been identified as a suspect in a pair of thefts from automatic teller machines in Neosho and Joplin, Mo. The officers searching the vehicle seized several lengths of steel and PVC pipes, four pounds of black powder, end caps, two liquid nitrogen tanks, numerous pieces of fake identification bearing Jackson's likeness, night vision goggles, numerous rounds of ammunition, methamphetamine, a pipe and a Glock .45-caliber pistol.


            Jackson was located and arrested on March 15, 2007, after Cassville police officers located him sleeping in a car in a parking lot of a business. Following his arrest, the officers searched the vehicle and recovered two steel pipes, each containing approximately one pound of black powder, an improvised fuse, two empty containers of black powder, three boxes of ammunition, a journal containing drawings of explosive devices and fake identification documents. The pipe bombs were each determined to constitute destructive devices under federal law. A search of the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record verified that Jackson did not register the bombs nor did he have the requisite permission to manufacture them.


            Under federal statutes, Jackson could be subject to a sentence of up to 30 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $270,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Rogers County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, and the police departments of Cassville, Mo., Neosho, Mo., Monett, Mo., and Springfield, Mo.



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