San Diego RCFL Supported Successful Prosecution Involving Largest Cache of Homemade Explosives in U.S. History
6/13/11 – San Diego RCFL Supported Successful Prosecution Involving Largest Cache of Homemade Explosives in U.S. History
George Jakubec, 55, the unemployed software engineer pled guilty to two armed bank robberies in San Diego after accepting a plea agreement where he acknowledged making and storing explosives and weapons at his home. The residence was destroyed because it posed such a high risk to the community. Inside were nine detonators, 13 grenade hulls and large quantities of the highly unstable Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, which can explode on contact. Jakubec also admitted to owning significant amounts of the explosive used in the 2001 airliner shoe-bombing attempt.
The San Diego RCFL (SDRCFL) supported the investigation from the onset, and examined three computers lawfully seized from Jakubec's residence.
On June 13, 2011, Jukubec received 30 years in federal prison and was ordered to reimburse San Diego County the $541,000 it cost authorities to destroy the home, pay medical bills of a gardener who was injured when he stepped on explosive powder, compensate neighbors for any damages to their homes, and reimburse Bank of America nearly $55,000.
In a press release issued by the FBI's San Diego Division, Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter said, "Mr. Jakubec's guilty plea to these charges is appropriate. The number of lives that were in danger because of his manufacturing and possession of explosives was extremely concerning and as members of this community, we are fortunate that there was no loss of life because of his poor judgment..."
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