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Suspect in city building explosives case asks for sentence

Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 05:35 PM EDT

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WTOV9.com
NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. - During his initial appearance in front of a judge after being arrested in connection to an incident that occurred May 6 involving explosives left at the Weirton Municipal Plaza, suspect David Jared Patterson asked for his sentence Wednesday.
The judge in the case informed Patterson, a 23-year-old Weirton resident, that he has a right to an attorney.
Patterson was charged with three counts of criminal use of an explosive device, all three felonies that carry prison sentences of 2-10 years. Additionally, each carries a $50,000 bond, thus bond was set at $150,000.
The arrest stemmed from an investigation launched after placed explosive devices were discovered near the city building earlier this month.  After two-and-a-half weeks, police believe they have the man who is responsible.
"I can't say enough about the work are officers have done to find this individual," Weirton Police Chief Bruce Marshall said. "It has been an ongoing investigation since the minute it happened."
U.S. Attorney Bill Ihlenfeld said the FBI is assisting the investigation and that evidence will be submitted to labs in Virginia for DNA and other testing. He added the testing could take a few months but noted that it is a top priority.
After more questioning, Patterson will be taken to the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail where he will remain until his next hearing on Friday.

Suspect in city building explosives case asks for sentence


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