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April 6, 2015

West Virginia Man Who Threatened Elkins Federal Building Convicted of Possessing Stolen Explosives

ELKINS, WV—Jonathon Schrader, 30, of Elkins, West Virginia, was convicted in federal court today of 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, namely C-4, in Randolph County, West Virginia in February 2015. He had threated to detonate explosives at various locations in Elkins, including at the Federal Building and during a musical performance at the Forest Festival.

Schrader pled guilty today to one count of “Possession of Stolen Explosives” He 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.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

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