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Monroe County Man Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison on Federal Charges Related to “Pipe Bomb” Incidents

August 7, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Monroe County man was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin Kosik to 20 months in prison on charges related to two separate pipe bomb incidents in Stroudsburg, Monroe County.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Mathew VanOrden, age 20, of Stroudsburg, was sentenced for illegally possessing destructive devices known as “pipe bombs.” VanOrden was previously indicted by a federal grand jury on May 17, 2011, after an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Stroud Area Regional Police Department.

     According to the Indictment, a pipe bomb was detonated on March 22, 2011, outside a residence located on Edgemont Road in Stroudsburg, causing damage to a mailbox located on the property. In addition, on April 6, 2011, a pipe bomb was detonated in the parking lot of the R&R Heat Treating Company, located on Stokes Avenue in Stroudsburg, causing extensive damage to a vehicle located on the property. Mathew VanOrden previously entered a guilty plea in which he admitted to having been involved in both incidents.

     Senior Judge Kosik also ordered that VanOrden be supervised by a probation officer for three years upon his release from prison and that he pay a $300 fine and $100 special assessment.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.


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