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Anaconda man admits making bomb, sentenced for illegal firearm possession

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 16:13:09-05

43-year-old Maxie Richard Arthur of Anaconda was sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty in November to possession of an unregistered firearm.

According to U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme, Arthur was sentenced to four years in prison and three years of supervised release.

A Department of Justice media release says law enforcement arrested Arthur in August 2019 on a separate offense and in searching his residence found firearms and a bomb he allegedly admitted to making.

Arthur reportedly said he and a friend intended to use the bomb on zombie mannequins "to see what the bomb did when it blew up," according to the release.

Arthur also acknowledged that as a convicted felon he is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided over the case that was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette Stewart.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Law Enforcement investigated the case.