Man pleads guilty to federal weapons charges
A Granby man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegally possessing pipe bombs and a handgun.
Jered Jackson, 29, entered the plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr. Jackson was indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2007.
By pleading guilty Wednesday, Jackson admitted he made and was in possession of pipe bombs, and was in possession of the bombs, as well as a Glock .45 caliber pistol, while he was a convicted user of meth. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone to possess firearms or ammo while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
On March 12, 2007, officers with the Neosho and Monett police departments served a search warrant upon a Chevy owned by Jackson, who had been identified as a suspect in a pair of ATM thefts in Neosho and Joplin.
Officers seized several lengths of steel and PVC pipe, four pounds of black powder, end caps, two liquid nitrogen tanks, numerous fake IDs bearing Jackson’s likeness, night vision goggles, numerous rounds of ammunition, meth, a pipe and a .45 caliber Glock.
Jackson was arrested March 15 after Cassville police officers found him sleeping in a car parked in a business parking lot. After his arrest, officers searched the car and found two steel pipes, each containing about a pound of black powder. Also recovered from the car was an improvised fuse, two empty containers of black powder, three boxes of ammo, a journal containing drawings of explosive devices, and fake identification documents.
The pipe bombs were each to constitute destructive devices under federal law. A search of the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record verified Jackson did not register the bombs, nor did he have the requisite permission to make them.
Jackson could face up to 30 years in federal prison without parole, and a fine of up to $270,000. The U.S. Probation Office will hold a sentencing hearing after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation.
James J. Kelleher, assistant U.S. attorney, is prosecuting the case. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Rogers County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, and the Cassville, Neosho, Monett and Springfield police departments investigated it.
Neosho Daily News