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Man accused of planning to blow up courthouse sentenced

January 3, 2011

The Pike County man who was arrested by police after they discovered his plan to blow up that county’s courthouse was sentenced today after pleading guilty to a charge stemming from the incident.

Kerry A. Thomas, Oakland City, had pleaded guilty in Knox Superior 1 to three Class C felonies from three separate cases: intimidation, unauthorized possession of a destructive device, and possession of a machine gun. He received six years on the intimidation count; three years on the destructive device count, which was related to his alleged plan to blow up the courthouse; and three years suspended to work release on the possession of a machine gun count. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Police had searched Thomas’ home in early November 2009 seeking evidence related to a murder. There, they found PVC pipe, a blasting cap, detonation cord, a cast booster, and a degraded cast booster. Thomas allegedly told at least two people that he planed to set off a bomb in the Pike Circuit courtroom later that month if he was found guilty at the end of his trial. He was on trial for criminal confinement, intimidation, pointing a firearm, and battery stemming from an incident in March 2009, according to the Pike County Clerk’s Office.

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