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June 3, 2016

For Immediate Release

Newport News, Virginia


On June 3, 2016, a Newport News man was sentenced to nearly two years in prison after investigators found two explosive devices in his bedroom last year.

Judge Bryant L. Sugg sentenced John C. Elder, 24, to seven years in prison on a charge of possession of explosive materials and seven years in prison for manufacturing an explosive device. All but 20 months of those sentences were suspended.

Newport News investigators received an anonymous tip of criminal activity back in May, 2015, leading them to search his home on Kerry Lake Drive. There they found two explosive devices in his bedroom. In his garage, they found boxes of different chemicals and equipment that could be used to make explosive devices.

The Newport News bomb squad had to be called in to detonate the devices safely. The FBI investigated the case, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives and Newport News Fire Marshal’s Office.