Warkworth pipe bomber gets 5-year prison sentence
Daniel Castellano will serve several years in prison for detonating a pipe bomb in Warkworth in the summer of 2017.
The Bowmanville native threw a pipe bomb inside an unoccupied vehicle at a Warkworth business on Banta Road, about 55 kilometres southeast of Peterborough, on June 9, 2017.
No one was injured as a result of the blast, but the investigation led to two search warrants, including at a home in Bowmanville and a vacant lot in Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township in Peterborough County. Castellano was arrested at the Peterborough County property.
Members of the Northumberland OPP crime unit were assisted by the tactics and rescue unit, the provincial weapons enforcement unit, the explosive disposal unit, urban search and rescue-chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives team and the Peterborough County OPP crime unit.
As a result of the search warrants, investigators seized several pipe bombs, handguns and long guns with ammunition, a quantity of gun powder, electronic devices and $60,000 in stolen property.
After a judge-alone trial in the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough in November and February, Justice Jennifer Broderick found Castellano guilty on April 30 of placing or throwing an explosive, 12 counts of possession of an explosive device, two counts of possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes, three counts of careless use/storage of a firearm and three counts of possession of break-in instruments.
Earlier this month, Broderick sentenced Castellano to a total of five years for throwing the pipe bomb, one year for possession of explosives, 270 days for careless use/storage of a firearm, and 120 days for possession of break-in instruments. The remaining sentences on all other counts will be served concurrently with the five-year sentence.