Originally posted on CBS Detroit:
TRENTON (WWJ) - A Downriver man convicted of illegally possessing explosives has been sentenced to nine years in prison in a case that began with threats at Trenton High School.
U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara handed down the sentence Thursday against 43-year-old John Robert Kennedy, who was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.
Kennedy was convicted following a three-week jury trial on charges of possession of a destructive device, felon in possession of a destructive device, and manufacture of a destructive device. Prior to trial, he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition and explosives.
Kennedy wasn’t charged with crimes in connection with the 2011 Trenton High School incident, but prosecutors were able to mention it in court as similar conduct.
Evidence presented at trial showed that on April 28, 2011, Kennedy phoned in a bomb threat to Trenton High School, disguising his voice in a foreign…
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