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District of Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Man Who Allegedly Left Destructive Device at Nederland Police Department Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

Defendant faces up to life in federal prison

DENVER – David Michael Ansberry, age 64, originally from California, was indicted late yesterday by a federal grand jury in Denver, charging him in a one count indictment with Use and Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI announced.  Ansberry, who was arrested in Chicago, has not yet been transported to Colorado, and therefore no initial court date in Denver has yet been set (EDITOR’S NOTE:  We will notify you once a court date has been set).

According to the indictment, on October 11, 2016, Ansberry, a/k/a Jessie Howard, acting without lawful authority, did knowingly use and attempt to use a weapon of mass destruction, namely a destructive device, against a person and property within the United States.  If convicted, Ansberry faces any term of years or life in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the Nederland Police Department, and ATF.  Substantial assistance was provided by the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office.  Ansberry is being prosecuted by Colorado Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Holloway and Trial Attorney Mara Kohn with the Counter Terrorism Section of the National Security Division.

The charges contained in the Indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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National Security
Violent Crime
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Updated November 2, 2016