West Paramedic Reaches Plea Agreement

(credit: McLennan County Sheriff’s Office)

(credit: McLennan County Sheriff’s Office)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The attorney for a former paramedic in the small Texas town devastated by a deadly fertilizer plant blast says he has reached a plea agreement on a case involving the collection of pipe bomb materials.

Jonathan Sibley, the attorney for Bryce Ashley Reed, asked U.S. District Judge Walter Smith in a court filing Wednesday for a time extension to finalize the agreement.  No details have been released about the charges Reed will plead to under the agreement.

A hearing has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon in federal court regarding the plea.

The 31-year-old Reed was arrested May 9, weeks after an explosion in West killed 15 people. Authorities have never announced any link between Reed and the blast. The cause of the blast was listed as undetermined.

A criminal complaint accused Reed of giving a metal pipe, chemicals and other materials to someone weeks after the blast.

Reed’s attorney said in a statement that “neither the charged as originally indicted nor the plea agreement have anything to do with the tragic explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant in April.  As we have said all along, Bryce Reed was a first responder to that incident, lost friends and loved ones and continues to grieve for the loss to his community.”

Reed was scheduled to go to trial Oct. 15.

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