U.S. Attorney's Office
Central District of Illinois
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October 29, 2014

Bloomington Woman Admits to Having Pipe Bomb Placed in Mailbox

URBANA, IL—Sentencing has been set for Jan. 9, 2015, for Linda Sue Curtis, 57, of Bloomington, Illinois. Yesterday, Curtis pled guilty to conspiracy to possess a destructive device, as announced by Jim Lewis, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. Curtis remains on bond following her appearance yesterday before United States District Judge Harold A. Baker.

According to court documents, Curtis conspired with another individual, Lloyd Lockwood, to possess the pipe bomb, and the pipe bomb was placed into a mailbox belonging to the victims in Decatur, Illinois. Lockwood was found guilty by a jury in August of 2013, and was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

For conspiracy to possess an unregistered destructive device, the statutory maximum penalty is up to five years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Bohm. The charges are the result of an investigation by the FBI, ATF, Decatur Police Department, Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Bloomington Police Department, TSA, and University of Illinois/Champaign Police Department Bomb Squad.

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