Va. Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Off Pipe Bomb

May 11, 2013

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A Roanoke Army veteran has pleaded guilty to blowing up his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend's sport utility vehicle with a pipe bomb in August.

The Roanoke Times reports that 24-year-old Derick Gregory Wilson entered his plea in federal court on Friday, admitting he built the explosive device, placed it on the left front tire, lit the fuse and fled.

Wilson said he was angry that the ex-boyfriend was staying with Wilson's girlfriend until he could move into a new apartment.

No one was injured in the Aug. 1 blast.

After the blast, police found Wilson at his home with another pipe bomb. Wilson says he had been drinking heavily that night.

He faces up to three years and three months in prison when he's sentenced. That hearing has not been scheduled.

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