NEDERLAND BOMBER TO PLEAD GUILTY

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post

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.

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