Upshur County man admits to making a bomb

ELKINS, W.Va. – William John Clark, 62, of Buckhannon, has admitted to a firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced Thursday.

Clark pled guilty to one count of “Making a Destructive Device.” Clark admitted to making an explosive bomb, which wasn’t registered as required by law. The crime occurred in March 2020 in Upshur County.

Read our original story about Clark’s arrest here.

Clark faces at up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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