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November 15, 2012

Amateur bomb maker pleads guilty

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — A Falls man whose apartment was found littered with homemade explosive devices has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.

Thomas Jamieson, 25, 2867 Falls St., pleaded guilty to a single count of attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He faces a possible sentence that ranges from probation to 1 1/2 to 4 years in state prison.

His sentencing is on hold, though, because he has been hospitalized in the psychiatric unit of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center since just after his plea. Prosecutors said Jamieson will have to be released from the hospital and certified to be mentally competent before County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III can hand down a sentence.

Falls Police Warrant Services officers made what could have been the possibly deadly discovery when they went to a Jamieson's home on April 17. Officers Troy Earp and Tina Zell were attempting to arrest Jamieson on a violation of probation charge.

Detectives said later that Earp, who has extensive military training, spotted what appeared to be homemade explosive devices, that had been created using items that are readily available at most any hobby stores. The devices also had small amounts of was described as jet or rocket fuel.

Residents of the Falls Street neighborhood were evacuated from their homes, while the Erie County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force were called in.

All the devices turned out to be missing ingredients or parts that would have made them active.

“There was nothing terrorism or otherwise related," Falls Police Detective Lt. Mike Trane said at the time. "It was just a young man who was, unwisely, making home bombs.”

 

 

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