BATTLE GROUND MEN SENTENCED TO HOME CONFINEMENT AND PROBATION FOR MAKING ILLEGAL PIPE BOMBS
MATTHEW E. CAMPBELL, 18, and BRADLEY J. BROWN, 20, of Battle Ground, Washington, were sentenced today to 90 days of home confinement, three years of probation and $18,800 in restitution in U.S. District Court in Tacoma for the Unlawful Making of a Firearm. In sentencing the young men to probation, Judge Ronald B. Leighton noted their age and the fact that neither has a prior conviction. The Judge imposed home confinement to emphasize the seriousness of the crime. Judge Leighton urged CAMPBELL and BROWN to learn from this experience, adding that each will bear the life-long scar of a federal felony conviction that could shape their future choices.
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 almost $19,000. 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 case was investigated by ATF and the Clark County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney William H. Redkey, Jr., prosecuted 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.