An emotional Bryce Reed walked into court surrounded by his family and friends. The former paramedic from West came to hear his punishment after pleading guilty to possessing a pipe bomb, and trying to hide the components.
A former paramedic in the Texas town of West, where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people earlier this year, was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty in a pipe bomb case that isn’t linked to the blast.
A former West paramedic is expected to plead guilty after being accused of collecting materials for a pipe bomb, in a case unrelated to the deadly fertilizer plant explosion.
Through his attorney, Jonathan Sibley, the 31 year old pleaded not guilty to possessing a destructive device. Sibley disputes federal prosecutors’ accusations Reed had chemicals, metals, and other equipment to make a pipe-bomb.
A federal grand jury has indicted Bryce Reed, a former West paramedic, for possessing an unregistered firearm including components to make a pipe bomb.
A witness told police they saw Michael Johnson set a bucket between his neighbor’s cars, light it and return to his parent’s house.
Authorities say a pipe bomb was found at a North Texas house during a garage sale.