NEWAYGO, Michigan (AP) – A man whose son accidentally detonated a homemade explosive at a school in western Michigan was sentenced Wednesday, October 13, to four years in prison.
David Saylor Sr. did not play a direct role in the incident that day, although he “may have turned a blind eye to the actions of his son creating these devices,” said lawyer for the James Scozzari defense in a court case.
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In March, Saylor’s son brought a homemade explosive to Newaygo High School and accidentally detonated it, injuring himself and others. The teenager lost both of his thumbs.
Authorities then raided Saylor’s home and filed federal charges. He pleaded guilty to possession of a homemade bomb and a stolen firearm.
U.S. District Judge Janet Neff has acknowledged that Saylor could be a hard worker supporting her extended family, MLive.com reported.
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“But I don’t think it alleviates that kind of behavior that led to the explosion in this case,” Neff said. “In a classroom. A public school class.
Saylor admitted that he and his son designed and manufactured explosives for two years.
He was lucky that “nothing worse happened in his hobby of blowing things up,” the judge said.
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