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
FEBRUARY 8, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MOUNTAIN GROVE MAN PLEADS GUILTY
TO MAILING PIPE BOMB
FACES 10-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Mountain Grove, Mo., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to mailing a pipe bomb with the intent to injure another person.
Donald W. Schamber, 60, Mountain Grove, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, to the charge contained in a June 21, 2007, federal indictment. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Schamber will serve a sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, which is the statutory maximum sentence for the violation.
Schamber admitted that he mailed a pipe bomb between May 31 and June 1, 2007. A postal carrier found the pipe bomb in a mail collection box in West Plains, Mo., on June 1, 2007. The explosive device was wrapped in brown packing paper and addressed to the West Plains Police Department. A mail carrier notified law enforcement officers about the suspicious package, which was x-rayed to reveal the pipe bomb. The functional explosive device was designed to initiate upon the opening of the box.
Investigating officers learned that Schamber (who had not yet been identified) had purchased the materials to make the pipe bomb from a local Wal-Mart Supercenter. Photos from the store’s surveillance video were placed on a reward poster, which was distributed to the media. A citizen contacted the West Plains, Mo., Police Department on June 3, 2007, and identified Schamber from the reward poster. Schamber was arrested the next day when he was encountered by law enforcement officers in front of the police department.
Schamber told investigators that he mailed the pipe bomb as part of a plot to incriminate his ex-wife’s current husband, in an effort to restore his relationship with his ex-wife. Schamber also deposited the remnants of the items used to make the bomb in his ex-wife’s yard as part of the plot.
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 Supervisory 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 State 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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