Indiana guardsman pleads guilty in homemade bomb case
By Kathy Lynn Gray | The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio | Published: April 2, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Indiana man who pleaded guilty yesterday to having unregistered homemade bombs in his van had used similar bombs at a military training facility, his attorney said.
Andrew Scott Boguslawski had an interest in explosives for many years and had used them when he volunteered at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in south-central Indiana, the attorney, Steve Nolder, said yesterday after the federal court hearing.
“He added explosives to the training because he had a desire to make it more real,” Nolder said.
But the bombs that State Highway Patrol troopers found in Boguslawski’s van after they stopped him for speeding on Jan. 1 had not been for training. Boguslawski, 44, of Moores Hill, Ind., had been blowing them up on his father’s property in rural Pennsylvania for entertainment and was driving back to Indiana on I-70 when he was stopped west of Columbus in Madison County.
Troopers noticed a gun between his legs and searched the van. They found nine completed bombs, four nearly completed bombs, a military-style rifle and other firearms, according to his plea agreement. The bombs were made from heavy plastic bottles and were filled with explosive powder.
Investigators found photographs and videos of Boguslawski, a member of the Indiana National Guard, making bombs and of him and his family members detonating them. Under federal law, destructive devices must be registered.
Nolder said Boguslawski never had a license for the bombs, even when he used them at the training center. The center in Butlerville, Ind., trains first responders and members of the military. Boguslawski had worked as a groundskeeper there, according to an Indiana National Guard spokeswoman.
Boguslawski realizes now that transporting the bombs in his van was reckless and put troopers at risk, Nolder said. “His intent was not to hurt anyone.”
Boguslawski faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine for possessing unregistered destructive devices. He remains in jail; no date has been set for his sentencing.
This booking photo provided by the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, shows Andrew Scott Boguslawski. Boguslawski was charged with illegally making or possessing an explosive device after four guns, and almost 50 bombs were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
Tri-County Regional Jail