Birmingham man charged with making bomb

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A Birmingham man has been charged in connection with destructive devices found at his home.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, in a statement Wednesday to FOX6 News, said Marlon Christopher Simmons, 36, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for illegally making a pipe bomb and a USAS-12 12-guage shotgun, both of which were not registered and illegal in design.

"Building and possessing home-made bombs is unacceptably dangerous," Vance said. "These devices maim and kill, and those who build and possess them threaten the safety of our community."

Vance said police found the destructive devices at Simmons' east Birmingham home on Aug. 10, 2009. Birmingham Police obtained a warrant to search the home after a call to police, in which a man threatened to kill several Birmingham officers, was traced to Simmons' cell phone, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit in the case.
 
Vance said the maximum sentence for the possession of non-registered destructive devices and making a destructive device is 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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