INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged an Indiana man with the March detonation of pipe bombs near a police station and outside a judge’s home.
U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced the charges Friday against 37-year-old David Theiring. No one was injured during the bombings, which occurred in Theiring’s hometown of Madison, an Ohio River city about 50 miles northeast of Louisville, Kentucky.
Theiring is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
The first bomb exploded March 6 across the street from the police department, authorities said. The second exploded 10 days later in the driveway of the home of Jefferson County Superior Court Judge Mike Hensley, leaving black scorch marks.
Authorities executing a search warrant at Theiring’s home in April recovered bomb-making materials and two firearms. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each count.
Information on an attorney who can comment on Theiring’s behalf was not available Friday.
Federal court documents accuse Theiring of possessing the bombs on the days of the explosions, but do not clearly state if he detonated them. A spokesman for Minkler did not respond to a request for additional comment Friday. A motive for the bombings was not given.
“Striking fear into the heart of a community will not be tolerated,” Minkler said in a news release. “Those who use violence directed at the criminal justice system or any of its members will be held strictly accountable.”