Western WI man sentenced for building pipe bomb

UPDATE:
St Croix County (WQOW) – A western Wisconsin man who admitted to building a pipe bomb was sentenced to three years of probation.

In June, David Lee Johnson, from Somerset, pleaded no contest to possessing an improvised explosive. He told police he made it because he feared people were out to hurt him.

He is already serving a six-month sentence for marijuana possession.

When he is released, Johnson is ordered to maintain absolute sobriety, cannot enter bars and may not purchase any item that can be used to make an explosive.


UPDATE:
St. Croix County (WQOW) –
A western Wisconsin man accused of building a pipe bomb will be sentenced in September.

David Lee Johnson, from Somerset, pleaded no contest Wednesday to possessing an improvised explosive. He told police he made it because he feared people were out to hurt him.

Johnson was also convicted Wednesday of possessing marijuana. He was immediately sentenced to six months in jail on that charge.


Posted March 2018
St. Croix County (WQOW) —
A St. Croix County man faces a felony charge, after police said he build a pipe bomb.

According to the complaint, deputies were sent to notify David Lee Johnson, of Somerset, about a death in the family. A deputy said when he made contact with Johnson, he saw a bomb in his home.

Police said Johnson admitted to making the pipe bomb, but claimed it was neither active nor dangerous. A bomb squad was called to the scene to investigate. Officials found a number of chemicals in the home and Johnson told officers that they could be used for explosives, but claimed he never intended to detonate the pipe bomb.

Police said that during their interview, Johnson said he made the bomb because he was “in constant fear cause people were out there that want to hurt me.”

A bond/bail hearing for Johnson is scheduled for Wednesday.

If convicted of all charges, he faces up to six years in prison.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the 10:00 PM Evening Anchor/Producer.

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