Man pleads to explosives charge
Monday, July 22, 2013 8:01 PM
Times Bulletin Staff Report
Ronald McBride, seen above at his October 2012 arraignment, pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case of throwing four explosive devices into the yard of a Van Wert County home last fall. (Times Bulletin file photo)
VAN WERT - A Williams County man entered guilty pleas Monday morning in the case of homemade explosive devices thrown into a Van Wert County yard last September.Ronald McBride, 42, Bryan, took a plea deal which allowed him to plead guilty to four counts of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance, each a felony of the fifth degree. He was arraigned last fall on four second-degree felony counts of illegally manufacturing or processing explosives.
According to a Van Wert County Sheriff's Office investigation, on Sept. 16, 2012 deputies were called to an address on Zook Rd. where four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were thrown into the yard. One of the IEDs exploded. Deputies along with members of the Allen County (Ohio) Sheriff's Department's bomb squad were able to safely disarm the other three IEDs.
Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles D. Steele set a sentencing date of Sept. 4. McBride was placed on electronically-monitored house arrest until his sentencing. He faces a maximum of four years in prison on the charges.