Man admits trying to bomb prosecutor's office

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to blow up the prosecutor’s office to delay being sentenced in a burglary case, making him eligible for five times the amount of prison time he had been facing.

Alan Leroy McVay entered the guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Medford to one count of malicious destruction of property by explosion. He had been facing three years in state prison on the burglary charge but now could get 15 years in federal prison under the plea agreement.

In the plea agreement, McVay admitted taping a pipe bomb to a propane tank in November and throwing it at a window of the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office in Medford. The bomb never got through the window, and the propane did not explode. Firefighters found the tank burning on the ground outside.

The prosecution and defense agreed to a recommended sentence of 15 years in prison.