Matthew Lickona 5 p.m., Dec. 9
55 years for federal courthouse pipe bomber
B. Donny Love, Sr., the final defendant convicted for use of a weapon of mass destruction in relation to a May 4, 2008 bombing of the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Courthouse in San Diego, was sentenced to 55 years in prison and ordered to pay $325,000 on Friday, February 15. Love was found guilty in June of 2011 and has been awaiting sentencing since.
A statement released by U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy reads as follows:
Over 21 months ago, a federal jury held defendant Donny Love, Sr. accountable for masterminding the May 4, 2008 bombing of the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Courthouse. The sentence imposed by the court today recognizes the extreme act of violence committed by Love. It is only by blind luck that no one, including Love’s co-conspirator, Rachelle Carlock, was killed or injured by Love’s actions. The device detonated at the doors of the federal courthouse in the early morning hours of May 4, 2008, contained over two pounds of explosive powder jammed into three galvanized steel pipes with end caps, along with over 100 roofing nails. The subsequent explosion not only blew out the doors to the federal courthouse, causing substantial property damage, but also sent shrapnel and nails flying in all directions—over a block away and at least six stories into the air. Defendant’s actions showed a callous disregard for the lives of those individuals who were still working in the federal courthouse in those early morning hours, as well as the lives of pedestrians passing by. Today’s sentence ensures that the defendant will never again be able to endanger the lives of the citizens of our community.
According to evidence, Love ordered others to purchase and/or steal explosive powder and other bomb-making materials, then assembled three pipe bombs at his Menifee home in southern Riverside County. He also directed others in the detonation of test devices in the lead-up to the 2008 attack, in which three devices were detonated near the front door of the federal courthouse.
Co-defendants Rachelle Lynette Carlock and Ella Louise Sanders had already been sentenced to serve 10 years imprisonment, while Eric Reginald Robinson was sentenced to 11 years.
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