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White City man to change plea in DA's office bombing attempt

 Posted: 1:40 PM May 06, 2014

A White City man charged with attempting to blow up the Jackson County District Attorney's Office with a makeshift bomb in November 2013 is expected to plead guilty next week.

Federal prosecutor Byron Chatfield told The Associated Press today that 46-year-old Alan Leroy McVay will plead guilty to two counts of malicious destruction of property by explosive. McVay originally pleaded not guilty to both counts in December 2013.

A change of plea hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday in the U.S. District Court in Medford, court records show.

McVay is charged with attempting to blow up the DA's office at 715 W. 10th St., in the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 13. An FBI affidavit states McVay carried out the act to delay his sentencing in a burglary case stemming from a Medford burglary in 2011. McVay was to plead guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court and be sentenced Nov. 14. The affidavit states he spelled out his plan over the phone to his co-conspirator, who was already was serving time for the crime.

"I want to go off on some s—t, I tell you what, I got some things to do it with," the affidavit quotes McVay as saying. "It'll be fun. You'll hear about it."

In a subsequent call from Nov. 10, McVay added, "Anyway, it could probably get rid of all kinds of paper, from the ground up," records state.

On Nov. 11, two days before the bombing, he said, "Maybe a miracle will happen and we'll have some crazy earthquake," and "There's something I can do. They just pissed me off to the point. You know what the point is. When you reach the point."

The affidavit also states McVay admitted his actions to investigators, and that he assembled the explosive device using a propane tank, a CO2 cartridge, gunpowder, black tape and a fuse. On Nov. 13, he lit the fuse and swung the bomb toward a window, the affidavit states. The bomb got caught in the blinds and McVay heard the explosion as he fled the scene, it says.

The bomb only partially detonated, blowing out several windows and catching fire. Police have said the building would have been leveled had it detonated properly.

The event closed the offices for several days. McVay was arrested Nov. 20 at Bobbio's Pizza in White City.

— Ryan Pfeil


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