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New Kensington Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Pipe Bombs, Destroying Mail Box

May 24, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, May 24, 2010, that Daniel M. Engler, a resident New Kensington, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charges of violating federal firearms and postal laws.

Engler, age 22, pleaded guilty to three counts before United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Almon S. Burke, Jr., advised the court that on February 12, 2010, Engler knowingly and unlawfully possessed a pipe bomb which was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and Engler willfully and maliciously used a pipe bomb to destroy a mail box on that same date.  Further, on March 5, 2010, Engler knowingly and unlawfully possessed a combination of parts constituting pipe bombs which were not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing September 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 13 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The United States Postal Inspection Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Daniel M. Engler.

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