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Man Who Made, Detonated Pipe Bomb Gets 5 Years in Prison

A 45-year-old man who detonated an explosive device near a Medford shopping area has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Posted: Dec. 31, 2017 10:48 AM
Updated: Dec. 31, 2017 10:49 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A 35-year-old man who detonated an explosive device near a Medford shopping area has been sentenced to five years in prison.

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Justin William Keaton received the sentence Friday in Jackson County Court.

He pleaded guilty to a felony count of unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device that he detonated Nov. 7 at the North Medford Fred Meyer. There were no reported injuries.

Keaton has no listed home address and has a long criminal history with a 138 prior arrests and an attempted arson conviction.

Circuit Judge Tim Barnack said that criminal history couldn't be ignored and handing down a lenient sentence would be unfair to the community.

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