United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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EAST TEXAS MAN SENTENCED FOR MOLOTOV COCKTAILS
TYLER, TX -- U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 21-year-old Malakoff, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for explosives violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
CHARLES ERIC MORMAN pleaded guilty on Dec. 3, 2008, to possession of an unlawfully made incendiary bomb and was sentenced today to 97 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.
According to information presented in court, on Apr. 1, 2008, law enforcement officers in Athens, Texas received a report of a fire bomb being thrown from a vehicle near the Brown Apartments on Stirman Street. Shortly thereafter, officers stopped a vehicle matching the description of the fire-bombing vehicle. A search of the vehicle produced three bottles with "Kentucky Whiskey" labels, two of which were full of gasoline, a roll of toilet paper and a cigarette lighter. There were also small pieces of charred toilet paper on the front passenger floorboard. Officers then returned to the Brown Apartments where they recovered broken glass bottles with "Kentucky Whiskey" labels. Morman admitted to the officers he was responsible for the incident and was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 9, 2008.
This case was investigated by the Athens Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.
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