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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Would-Be Bomber Sentenced To 120 Months Imprisonment

G. F. “Pete” Peterman, III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announces Clinton Scott Bass, age 34, of Hahira, Georgia, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Court Judge Hugh Lawson in Valdosta. Mr. Bass was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, the maximum sentence under the statute and guidelines, for attempting to receive and transport explosive materials with intent to kill, injure or intimidate.

In March 2017, Mr. Bass solicited and paid for what he believed to be a mail bomb through the Internet. Mr. Bass subsequently attempted to arm the bomb before delivering it to the doorstep of his intended target. Through the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies, Mr. Bass’s attempt was thwarted and no one was injured.

“The FBI committed substantial resources to spearheading this investigation. But for the dedication, hard work and ingenuity of the FBI agents, and the other federal and local law enforcement officers working with them, this case could well have ended with tragic consequences,” said United States Attorney Peterman. “Instead, justice has been done.”

David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: “This investigation and its resulting arrest, guilty plea, and sentencing, while expending exhaustive law enforcement resources, prevented an imminent homicide and removed a dangerous individual from our streets. The FBI would like to thank its many law enforcement partners that were so vital to this effort for their commitment and dedication in seeing this matter through.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Service, Valdosta Police Department, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, and the Hahira Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Julia C. Bowen and Peter D. Leary prosecuted the case on behalf of the Government.

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

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Updated July 17, 2017