U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of West Virginia
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March 3, 2015

Elkins Man Charged with Possession of Stolen Explosives

CLARKSBURG, WV—A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Jonathon Schrader, 30, of Elkins, West Virginia, with possession of stolen explosives, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Schrader, also known as “Hobo John,” was discovered in possession of stolen explosives in Randolph County, West Virginia in February 2015. He allegedly planned to detonate explosives at various locations in Elkins, including at the Federal Building and during a musical performance at the Forest Festival.

Schrader is charged with one count of “Possession of Stolen Explosives” after he was discovered in possession of stolen explosives in Randolph County, West Virginia in February 2015. Schrader faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation. The West Virginia State Police, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshals Service, Federal Protective Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Secret Service are also investigating.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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