Sentencing set for Australian fake-collar-bomber

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Posted: Mar 29, 2012 8:05 PM
Sentencing set for Australian fake-collar-bomber

An Australian investment banker who chained a fake bomb to a 18-year-old woman's neck in a bizarre extortion attempt will be sentenced June 21.

Paul Douglas Peters pleaded guilty this month to aggravated break and enter and committing a serious indictable offense by knowingly detaining Madeleine Pulver.

Pulver was alone in her family's Sydney home in August when Peters broke in, tethered a bomb-like device to her neck along with a note demanding money and then left. It took a bomb squad 10 hours to free her.

Peters fled to the U.S. and was arrested at his ex-wife's home in Kentucky.

Peters appeared in a Sydney court by video from jail Friday and said nothing apart from thanking the judge after sentencing was set. He faces up to 20 years in prison.