Roane man pleads guilty after pipe bomb found

CHARLESTON – A Roane County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing an unregistered destructive device after law enforcement officers found a pipe bomb at his residence.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on Dec. 24, 2020, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the Spencer residence of Joseph David Bailey, 51. Officers found the completed pipe bomb and five unfinished pipe bombs in various stages of completion, a release from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that the completed pipe bomb was a destructive device and that Bailey did not register it with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Bailey is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 16 and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Will Thompson, who made the announcement an, commended the West Virginia State Police and the ATF.

Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Ryan A. Keefe is prosecuting the case.


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