OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to prison after authorities found him traveling through Oklahoma City last year with loaded guns and explosive materials.
An Oklahoma County District judge sentenced Scott Boden Wednesday to three years in prison after entering an Alford plea for manufacturing an explosive device and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, the Oklahoman reported . Under the plea, Boden maintains his innocence despite being found guilty.
“I understand the court will find me guilty,” the 42-year-old said.
Oklahoma City police arrested Boden in May 2017 after discovering the items in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 40. Authorities said they found at least five empty “grenade hulls,” a homemade explosive powder mixture, live fuses, an unloaded rifle and three loaded pistols.
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Defense attorney Don Jackson said the items police discovered could only be explosive if combined. But a bomb expert testified it would only take seconds to combine the grenade components into an operational explosive.
Messages on Boden’s phone referenced his fireworks business and going to Ohio to make fireworks and money, according to investigators. Boden also told police he used the grenades as props during photo shoots.
Boden has been held in the Oklahoma County jail since his arrest and will get credit for time served. He’ll serve seven years on probation after his prison release and must pay a $450 fine.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com