Update: Guilty Plea in LDS Attack Plan

Bradley Ritterbush, Staff Writer

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Matthew Gage Burgett, 25, of Blackfoot pleaded guilty on Dec. 5 for the possession of destructive devices. In September 2015, Burgett told his counselor that he planned to use the bombs against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burgett’s counselor notified the police and Burgett’s family.

On Sept. 24, 2015, the police launched an investigation and served search warrants at Burgett’s home. Law enforcement found several bombs, including four assembled devices with a main charge container and a fusing system. Law enforcement also found three partially assembled bombs and explosive material. Burgett admitted that the bombs were designed to be used as weapons.

Matthew Burgett is scheduled to be sentenced February 28, 2017, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the Federal courthouse in Pocatello. The charge of unlawful possession of destructive devices is punishable by 10 years of imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine with three years of supervised release.

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Update: Guilty Plea in LDS Attack Plan