Criminal Justice

Suspect in bombing of DA's office hoped to delay scheduled sentencing in earlier case, officials say

A man accused of setting off an improvised pipe bomb at a Medford, Ore., district attorney’s office earlier this month was hoping to delay his scheduled plea and sentencing the next day in a home-burglary case, authorities say.

If so, Alan Leroy McVay, 46, got his wish, according to the Mail Tribune.

Tipped to take a look at McVay, police used his own text messages to link him to to the Jackson County case. He is now facing new charges related to the Nov. 13 incident and being held in lieu of $5 million bail.

If the improvised explosive device had detonated the propane tank to which it was attached, the DA’s office would have been leveled, officials said. But the IED didn’t fully detonate, a KAJO article notes, and the device was caught in the blinds when McVay allegedly hurled it through a window, an FBI investigator’s affidavit says.

See also: “Propane-tank IED blows up at DA’s office, closing offices and courts for much of day” “Oregon man is charged in bomb blast outside office of DA who was prosecuting him”

Oregonian: “Medford explosion: Phone calls, text messages, linked suspect Alan Leroy McVay to bombing of Jackson County DA’s office”

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