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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Williamsville Man Pleads Guilty to Bomb Making


          BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that Duncan Badding, 25, of Williamsville, N.Y., pleaded guilty before United States District Chief Judge William M. Skretny, to unlawfully making and unlawfully possessing destructive devices. This offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel L. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that on August 8, 2012, the Amherst Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives executed a search of the defendant’s residence, at 66 Williamsburg Square in Williamsville. During the search, law enforcement officers discovered different volatile and explosive substances, chemicals and mixtures. Upon further inspection, several of the substances were homemade explosives, including, Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (ANFO), and a mixture of Tannerite. In addition, several apparent destructive devices, or combination of parts and devices designed or intended to be used or converted into destructive devices, were also found. The explosive materials were later detonated by law enforcement officials so as to remove the threat of harm to the community.

The guilty plea was the culmination of an investigation on the part of officers from the Amherst Police Department, under the direction of Chief John Askey, Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Frank Christiano.

A Sentencing date will be scheduled, at a later date.



Updated December 9, 2014