Utah man gets 27 months in alleged police station bomb plot

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Posted: Jun 11, 2015 5:00 PM
Utah man gets 27 months in alleged police station bomb plot

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison in what authorities say was a plot to blow up a police station, kill officers and trigger an anti-government uprising.

A lawyer for John Huggins disputed that during his sentencing hearing in Salt Lake City on Thursday, saying the 48-year-old wouldn't have carried out any violence. The lawyer says Huggins was encouraged by an unreliable police informant.

Prosecutors say Huggins did make threats against the police and had a fascination with explosives.

Investigators say they found a homemade grenade-like device inside Huggins' trailer home last July after a getting a tip that Huggins was targeting a police station.

Huggins pleaded guilty in March to one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device as part of a plea deal.