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Man pleads guilty to placing homemade bomb on railroad tracks

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A Sellersburg man charged with making a bomb over the summer and leaving it on railroad tracks has admitted he did it. Louis Deinnocentes, 48, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clark County Circuit Court to criminal recklessness.

Under the deal he worked out with the state, he won't have to spend any time in jail for the misdemeanor. Deinnocentes will be on probation for a year.

The homemade device was discovered on railroad tracks in June. Police determined it was an improvised explosive device made from a half-pound of black powder and a fuse. If it had detonated, the device could have killed several people. Deinnocentes' lawyer says his client was just trying to make homemade fireworks for the Fourth of July.

In the end, investigators concluded Deinnocentes did not intend to destroy property or hurt anyone. His attorney, Larry Wilder, calls it a poorly thought out decision by someone who grew up in rural Indiana.

"They honestly said they did not think this was a guy who was building bombs to blow up trains or hurt people," Wilder said. "They felt he was a guy who took his powder and made something to explode and not try to hurt anyone."

Wilder says Deinnocentes lost his job as a pharmacist after his arrest and has not found a new job since. He's hoping to put what happened behind him and move on.

If Deinnocentes violates his probation, he could be sent to jail for a year. He also has to pay more than $3,000 in fines to the state.

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