NEDERLAND BOMBER TO PLEAD GUILTY
A man who allegedly built a bomb capable of demolishing the Nederland police station to avenge the vigilante murder of a fellow member of a 1970s era hippie gang will plead guilty to an attempted bombing charge.
At a Tuesday hearing in U.S. District Court in Denver, David Michael Ansberry is expected to plead guilty to a charge of knowingly using or attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Ansberry made the decision after prosecutors notified him of their intention to charge him with a second terrorism-related offense with a penalty of up to 30 years in prison. He faces penalties of up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Court records show no record of a plea agreement.
A sentencing document offers the clearest picture yet of the events leading up to his repeated attempts to ignite the bomb including details about where he bought the components and how it was constructed.
The document confirmed an earlier Denver Post story that indicated Ansberry wished to avenge the 1971 murder of Guy “Deputy Dawg” Gaughnor, a fellow member of the STP Family, a hippie group.