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Northeast Iowa Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Bombs

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who unlawfully possessed three pipe bombs and a pressure cooker bomb pled guilty on October 24, 2016, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Trevor Satrom, age 34, from Oran, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possessing unregistered explosive bombs.

In a plea agreement, Satrom admitted that on February 10, 2016, law enforcement searched his residence in Oran, Iowa.  During the search, police seized assorted length metal pipes, metal end caps sized for the pipes, three metal end caps with holes made in the end, a pressure cooker with a hole made on the top, hobby fuse of various lengths, various types of propellant powder, and packages of BBs.  Satrom further admitted that, together, these items could readily have constituted three fully operational pipe bombs and one fully operational pressure cooker bomb.    

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Satrom remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  He faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tony Morfitt and was investigated by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 16-CR-2016.

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Updated October 25, 2016

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