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Savannah man ordered detained until trial on charges related to firebombing

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Georgia
Federal charges carry possible 20-year prison sentence

SAVANNAH, GA:  A Savannah man has been ordered held without bond on federal charges related to the July 2 firebombing that badly burned a Savannah woman.

After a Friday morning, Aug. 30, detention hearing, Barry Wright, 52, of Savannah, was ordered to be detained pending trial by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Christopher L. Ray on federal charges of possession of an unregistered destructive device, and one count of the use of fire or explosive to commit a felony offense, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Each charge carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison, and there is no parole in the federal system.

According to testimony during Wright’s detention hearing, he is alleged to have constructed and placed an incendiary device inside a woman’s vehicle. The device set the vehicle on fire, and the woman received severe burns.   

“We applaud the quick work of our federal and local law enforcement partners in bringing these charges,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “Our office will vigorously prosecute those whose violent and destructive actions bring harm to others.”

“This arrest was made after countless hours of meticulous investigation,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Arthur Peralta, with the Atlanta Bureau. “These types of crimes require an immediate response, intense investigation and collaboration at every level.”

Wright’s charges in the case are not a finding of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Savannah Police Department, and is being prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tania Groover and Joseph McCool.


Barry L. Paschal, Public Affairs Officer (Contractor): 912-652-4422

Updated August 30, 2019

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 90-19