A man has been sentenced after admitting to constructing a pipe bomb in his garage.
According to a release U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, Steven Jones, 31, of Ripley, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in federal prison for possession of a pipe bomb.
Jones pled guilty in December, admitting that on November 6, 2017, he possessed a pipe bomb he had constructed in his garage.
Jones further admitted having built and detonated two additional pipe bombs and posting videos of the explosions on the internet.
Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the West Virginia State Police, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
“A citizen tip to authorities about a pipe bomb prevented what could have been a horrific tragedy. Cases like this depend on the vigilance of citizens bravely willing to step forward to report this kind of dangerous activity,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.