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Madison, Indiana man sentenced for possessing unregistered explosive devices and firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana
Pipe bombs exploded

New Albany – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that a Madison, Indiana man was sentenced March 22, 2019, following his guilty plea to two counts of possession of unregistered destructive devices and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. David Theiring, 40, was sentenced to 87 months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.

“As citizens of this state and this country, we will not tolerate terrorism foreign or domestic of any kind. Those individuals who choose to threaten innocent lives will face the consequences of their actions,” said Minkler.

On Sunday, March 6, 2016, at approximately 1:00 a.m., an improvised explosive device in the form of a pipe bomb was detonated outside the Madison, Indiana Police Department.  The event occurred on the sidewalk on the east side of Central Avenue, beside the parking area for the police department. Evidence consisted of pieces of an unknown length of a ¾” white PVC pipe, two end caps, and gray duct tape. No one was injured and no property was damaged, though the bomb was detonated close to police vehicles.

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at approximately 2:50 a.m., an improvised explosive device in the form of a pipe bomb was detonated outside the residence of a Jefferson County Indiana Judge in Madison, Indiana. No one was injured and no damage was observed.

David Theiring was identified as a suspect. Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on Theiring’s residence and he was found to be in possession of two firearms as well as numerous items utilized to manufacture a destructive device.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana State Police, Madison City Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office.

“ATF strives to be ‘no better partner’ to law enforcement agencies, especially when investigating the criminal use of explosives and bombings,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Stuart Lowrey of the Louisville Field Division. “The sharing of resources and collaborative efforts with the Jefferson County Indiana Sheriff’s Department and Madison Indiana Police brought about the swift arrest and incarceration of a dangerous felon. This sentence reflects ATF’s ongoing commitment to reduce violent crime in our communities.”

According to Assistant United States Attorney Lauren M. Wheatley, who is prosecuting the case for the government, Theiring must be serve 3 years of supervised release following her sentence.

In October 2017, United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced a Strategic Plan designed to shape and strengthen the District’s response to its most significant public safety challenges. This prosecution demonstrates the Office’s firm commitment to prosecuting individuals engaged in domestic terrorism and violent crime using firearms. See United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana Strategic Plan 1.2 and 2.3 

Updated April 9, 2019