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Winnemucca man pleads guilty to possession of explosive device

Winnemucca man pleads guilty to possession of explosive device

A felon from Winnemucca has pleaded guilty to the possession of an explosive device in his Winnemucca home.

The plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada, and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI’s Las Vegas Division.

36-year-old Terry J. Hanson Jr., pleaded guilty to one count of felon in possession of an explosive. He was arrested and indicted in May of this year.

United States Judge Larry R. Hicks accepted the guilty plea and scheduled sentencing for October 9, 2018. The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to information contained in the plea agreement, on April 18, 2018, Hanson and a cooperating witness, who was wearing a recording device, met with an undercover employee to sell a roll of Thermalite Ignitor cord, (an explosive material under federal law), and Thermalite connectors.

Hanson received $3,000 in cash for the sale. He has a prior felony conviction in Humboldt County for possession of a controlled substance.

The case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from the Nevada Department of Public Safety - NDI, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Winnemucca Police Department, Elko Police Department, Elko Sheriff's Office, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Reno Police Department, and the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Rachow is prosecuting the case.

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