MISSOULA – A Montana man told a federal judge he had homemade bombs to hunt coyotes in the area, while prosecutors believe he intended to target law enforcement and his ex-girlfriend.
Charles Gibson Bailey, 33, of West Yellowstone was sentenced to three years in federal prison Friday for possession of an illegal destructive device, The Missoulian reported.
The bombs federal agents found in his truck were meant to hunt coyotes, Bailey said.
A search of Bailey’s truck turned up three handguns, three rifles and three destructive devices, all of which had BBs or fishing weights packed inside or glued to the outside, court records said.
Bailey was under a protection order filed by his ex-girlfriend prohibiting him from possessing any firearms.
Bailey’s truck also contained a police scanner, notebooks indicating he was tracking the movements of law enforcement and his ex-girlfriend and “a large Halloween mask propped in the front seat at the same height as an adult passenger,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum.
Andrew Nelson, Bailey’s federal public defender, said Bailey suffers from mental health issues, but was trained in the U.S. Navy to handle firearms safely and the weapons in his truck were used to teach people how to shoot, Nelson said.
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