BATTLE GROUND TEENS PLEAD GUILTY TO MAKING ILLEGAL PIPE BOMBS
MATTHEW E. CAMPBELL, 18, and BRADLEY J. BROWN, 19, of Battle Ground, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to Unlawful Making of a Firearm. The crime carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and $250,000 fine.
According to court documents the two young men constructed pipe bombs and used them to blow up Qwest junction boxes near Daybreak Park in Battle Ground. Neighbors in the area heard a loud explosion at about 11:30 PM on January 24, 2005. The explosion wiped out phone and DSL service for about 250 customers. The equipment in the boxes was valued at more than $40,000. Investigators identified CAMPBELL and BROWN as suspects based on a purchase of explosive powder and fuse at a local G.I. Joe's sporting goods store. The credit card used for the purchase was traced to one of the defendants. Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) recovered explosive powder and the remainder of the fuse from the home of one of the defendants.
The teens entered guilty pleas to the Unlawful Making of a Firearm in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Kelley Arnold. They will be sentenced on September 2, 2005, by U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton.
The case was investigated by ATF and the Clark County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney William H. Redkey, Jr., is prosecuting the case.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington at (206) 553-4110.