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Louisville Felon Charged With Possession Of Two Pipe Bombs And Five Firearms Including A Sawed Off Shotgun And A Homemade 12 Gauge Pipe Gun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

State charges dropped for federal case to proceed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Charges against Louisville felon Michael C. Beck, in Jefferson Circuit Court have been dropped so that the federal charges may proceed. Beck, 28,was charged by grand jury indictment on February 22, 2017, with illegal possession of explosive bombs and firearms including a sawed off shotgun and a homemade 12-gauge pipe gun, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.


Beck, was charged by criminal complaint on January 19, 2017, and remains in federal custody with a June 12, 2017, trial scheduled in Louisville before Senior Judge Charles R. Simpson III.


According to the indictment and an affidavit attached to the criminal complaint, on January 13, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections Home Incarceration Program (HIP) received information that firearms and possible bombs were present at Beck’s residence on Homewood Drive. A resident living at the address was on HIP and Beck had been served that day by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department with an Emergency Protection Order (EPO).


Special Agents with ATF and Louisville Metro Police assisted the HIP officers with a home inspection. During that inspection, Beck allegedly gave permission for officers to retrieve a weapon known to be in his bedroom and to search the room.


Subsequently, Beck was charged with possession of an explosive bomb, consisting of galvanized steel pipe, approximately eight inches long by two inches in diameter, threaded on both ends to accept galvanized steel endcaps, containing suspected explosive powder with a wooden plug and a fuse.


Further, Beck was charged with possession of a second explosive bomb consisting of a copper pipe, approximately six inches in length and one and a half inches in diameter, crimped on one end containing suspected explosive powder and a wooden plug and fuse.


Also, Beck was charged with possession of a homemade 12-gauge pipe gun and four firearms including a Harrington and Richardson, Model Topper 88, 12-gauge shotgun, with a barrel length of less than 18 inches; a Mossberg Model 500, 12-gauge shotgun; a Ruger, Model P95DC, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol; and a Heritage Model Rough Rider, .22 caliber revolver. Beck was previously convicted of a 2nd degree felony, on August 20, 2007, in Bastrop County, Texas.


If convicted at trial, Beck could be sentenced to no more than 50 years in prison, fined $1,250,000 and serve a three-year period of supervised release.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin McKenzie and is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), with assistance from Louisville Metro Police.


The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty

Updated June 21, 2017

Violent Crime