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Meadows Sentenced On Pipe Bomb Felony Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced that Antonio Meadows, age 31, of Hull, Georgia was sentenced today by the Honorable C. Ashley Royal, United States District Judge in Athens, Georgia. Mr. Meadows was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment for the possession of pipe bombs. He pled guilty to the felony charge on September 29, 2014.

On December 24, 2013, Mr. Meadows’ girlfriend made a domestic violence report to the Comer Police Department alleging he had kidnapped and beaten her. She stated the incident took place at Mr. Meadows’ home. Officers obtained an arrest warrant for felony kidnapping. When they arrived at the home, Mr. Meadows was running around the house and attempting to dispose of something down the kitchen sink. He was arrested.

 After officers obtained a search warrant, a cloth bag in the living room closet was discovered that contained three pipe bombs. The pipe bombs were tested and found to be fully functioning. They each contained pellets, bullets, and shards of PVC.

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said, “Pipe bombs are dangerous explosive devices and cannot be tolerated in a civil society, especially in light of events taking place around the world today.”

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Comer Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Graham A. Thorpe prosecuted the case for the government.

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Pam Lightsey at the United States Attorney’s Office at 478-621-2603.

Updated February 19, 2015