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Centre Hall Woman Sentenced For Conspiring To Manufacture And Sell Explosives

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

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that on April 5, 2017, United States District Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced Christina Woodring, age 35, of Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, to two years of probation, including an eight-month term of home confinement, for conspiring to manufacture and distribute explosives.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Christina Woodring pleaded guilty to conspiring with her husband, James Woodring, to purchase and transport commercial grade fireworks, to increase the fireworks’ power and volatility, and to sell them, all without a license to do so. The conspiracy lasted from May 1 through 18, 2016, when an explosion occurred at the couple’s Centre Hall residence.


James Woodring, who is awaiting sentencing, pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing explosives, and to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. James Woodring was charged with possessing a stolen semi-automatic pistol, a shotgun, a semiautomatic, large-capacity rifle and a rifle. As a previously convicted felon, Woodring is prohibited from possessing the firearms.


The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Centre Hall Police Department, and the Springettsbury Township Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo is prosecuting the case.


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Updated April 6, 2017