Va. Man Pleads Guilty to Train Track Explosion

August 5, 2010

A Harrisonburg man accused of setting off an explosive device on a Norfolk Southern track has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Twenty-one-year-old Joshua A. Tripp received a one-year suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty Tuesday in Rockingham County Circuit Court to tampering with a vehicle, a misdemeanor. He originally was charged with a felony count of possessing, manufacturing or using an explosive device.

Another defendant, 25-year-old Andrew J. Lavedan of Harrisonburg, had pleaded guilty to the felony charge in May, along with unrelated drug and receiving stolen property charges. He received 20 years in prison, with all but five months suspended.

The January explosion caused minor damage to the tracks.

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