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A man who tried to blow up his wife with a homemade bomb will spend 25 years in federal prison, a judge ruled today in Coeur d'Alene.
Levi Wayne Mendenhall, 31, transported the device from Omak, Wash., to his estranged wife's home in Kamiah, Idaho, where he placed it on the hood of her car. A homeowner found the box and called authorities after she noticed wires. No one was injured.
U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge called the act “an atrocious criminal attempt on the lives of others” before sentencing Mendenhall to 300 months.
Mendenhall pleaded guilty in May to stalking, transporting explosives with intent to kill, injure, or intimidate, and use of explosive material during the commission of a federal felony.
Mendenhall is required to seek mental health counseling. Lodge said mental health problems are the only logical explanation for the crime.
Mendenhall constructed the device using a three-inch plastic pipe filled with explosive powder, razor blades and BBs after buying the components at stores in northeastern Washington.
Lodge said though no one was physically injured, the case will have lasting effects on Mendnehall's children, who will grow up without a father.
Mendenhall apologized for his crimes in a rambling statement read in court. He said he spent two weeks in mental health ward after a suicide attempt. “It's pretty obvious I wasn't ready to be released,” he said.
A man who tried to blow up his wife with a homemade bomb after transporting the device from Omak, Washington, to Kamiah, Idaho, in 2009 has pleaded guilty to three federal felonies.
Levi Wayne Mendenhall, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison and three years probation after pleading guilty Tuesday in Coeur d'Alene to stalking, transporting explosives with intent to kill, injure, or intimidate, and use of explosive material during the commission of a federal felony.
Mendenhall constructed the device using a three-inch plastic pipe filled with explosive powder, razor blades and BBs after buying the components at stores in northeastern Washington, according to the Idaho U.S. Attorney's Office.
He wired the device to a battery and placed it inside a box, then set the device to trigger an explosion when and items was removed from the box. He placed the box on the hood of a car outside his estranged wife's home. The homeowner found the box and called authorities after she saw wires.
The Spokane County bomb squad safely disarmed the device.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms nd Explosives recovered explosive powder matching the device and a receipt for two of the bomb components at Mendenhall's home in Omak. They also found video of him buying the components at four Washington stores, and located Mendenhall's fingerprint on the outside of the box that held the bomb.
Mendenhall is to be sentenced Aug. 2 before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge in Coeur d'Alene
“Women who end domestic relationships must be free from violence and fear of violence,” U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said in a prepared statement. “This defendant's conduct endangered many lives. His guilty plea ensures that he will not present a danger to his now ex-wife or any other person for a long time.”