Indiana Guardsman gets 2 years in Ohio bomb case

AP News
Posted: Aug 08, 2014 5:31 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Indiana National Guardsman who had homemade explosive devices in his vehicle when he was pulled over in Ohio was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

Andrew Scott Boguslawski (boh-guhs-LAW'-skee) had nine unregistered bombs and four devices that could be converted into bombs when he was stopped for speeding in January. He admitted in his plea agreement that he also had parts to assemble 20 more explosives in his Indiana home.

Boguslawski, of Moores Hill, Indiana, had helped train troops departing for war zones at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. Defense attorney Steve Nolder said his client played the role of an enemy fighter when he helped train deploying troops and wanted to make the job as real as possible.

The defense had requested home detention, saying Boguslawski acted recklessly but didn't mean to harm anyone. Federal prosecutors requested a four-year sentence, telling the court that Boguslawski's "bomb-builder lifestyle presents an extreme danger to the public."

Nolder said the shorter sentence indicated the judge found Boguslawski, 44, had no malevolent intent.

Authorities said Boguslawski was pulled over by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on Jan. 1 for traveling 88 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 70 west of Columbus. Prosecutors said he was on his way back to Indiana after visiting family in Pennsylvania.

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The devices found in Boguslawski's vehicle were described in court documents as heavy plastic bottles sealed with "a quantity of explosive powder" and improvised electronic detonators. Rifles and handguns were also found in his vehicle, police said.

The court also ordered Boguslawski to remain under court supervision for three years following his release.