Waco: Local Man Sentenced For Possession Of Pipe Bomb

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A Waco man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday after he earlier pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm: a pipe bomb.

Richard Summersett (Jail photo)

WACO (August 13, 2014) Richard Darrell Summersett, 46, of Waco, whom police arrested after a pipe bomb was found in a water cooler inside a garage apartment, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court after he earlier pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm.

U.S. District Judge Water S. Smith, Jr., sentenced Summersett to serve 12 months and one day at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility at Seagoville, to be followed by three years supervised release, ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine and $100 in special assessment to the court.

Summersett was named in a federal indictment April 8 charging possession of a pipe bomb.

Police arrested Summersett after officers found the pipe bomb in a detached apartment behind a home in the 2800 block of Columbus Avenue in Waco.

A tip that was phoned in around noon April 7 led to the discovery, police said.

Officers blocked off streets in the area and homes within about a 500-foot radius of the apartment were evacuated.

The McLennan County Sheriff's Office bomb squad spent several hours securing and disabling the device, removing it from the apartment, surrounding it with sandbags and then using a robot to blast it with a high-pressure water cannon, which produced a loud boom.

Subsequent inspection by the U.S. Department of Justice Forensic Science laboratory in San Francisco revealed the device was an active explosive device, a document presented in court said.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes just after 7 p.m. that day.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the incident.


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