July 11, 2013 in Region

Man with explosives faces federal charges

Associated Press

SEATTLE – A 22-year-old man who police say was arrested near the University of Washington campus with Molotov cocktails and stolen guns now faces a federal indictment – one day after prosecutors leveled state charges against him.

A grand jury in Seattle returned an indictment Wednesday charging Justin Miles Jasper with possession of explosives during the commission of a felony and other crimes.

Jasper was arrested July 3 near the UW campus in Seattle in a truck he had reportedly stolen from an acquaintance in Butte. Police say he also had body armor and a video in which he said he wanted to make sure people understood protests taking place in Brazil.

Jasper was scheduled to appear in federal court today.

Four of the federal charges he faces are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Possession of explosives during a felony carries an additional minimum sentence of 10 years.

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