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Man sentenced in Leavenworth pipe bombing

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Pohl was arrested April 19, 2016, by authorities in Hiawatha, KS after he was suspected of putting bombs in two cars. (Leavenworth Police Department ) Pohl was arrested April 19, 2016, by authorities in Hiawatha, KS after he was suspected of putting bombs in two cars. (Leavenworth Police Department )
LEAVENWORTH, KS (KCTV) -

A sentence was handed down Friday for a man who tried to detonate a pipe bomb in Leavenworth County.

Simon Pohl, 32, was sentenced to serve 32 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Prosecutors convicted Pohl of one count of Criminal Use of Explosives, a security level 6 person felony, and one count of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, a severity level 5 nonperson drug felony.

Pohl was arrested April 19, 2016, by authorities in Hiawatha, KS after he was suspected of putting bombs in two cars.

He was driving a stolen car at the time, police said.

The crimes happened two weeks apart. The damage was different, but the devices used were similar. In one case, a car caught fire. In another, a truck had its windows blown out.

Leavenworth Police Chief says he's certain there's nothing that big in the works with these crimes.

Sean Ehrman heard the blast in his yard at about 5 a.m. on May 3, but he thought it was a transformer exploding. When he left for work at 7 a.m. he saw what really caused the noise. Both side windows to his S-10 pickup were blown out, the windshield was shattered, and holes pierced three spots on the truck. In the passenger seat, he found the culprit.

“It was a pipe bomb,” said Ehrman.

He pointed to washers, nuts and bolts that he said were used inside the burst pipe. For him, the attack was personal.

"I'm really not scared of them per-se,” said Ehrman, “but I'm in fear of my family's safety for sure.”

The car fire happened at Fifth and Delaware streets caused $1,000 in damage. The explosion in the pickup at 13th and Lawrence streets caused $2,500 in damage.

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