Bomb builder injured in blast is sentenced
A Tampa man who blew off parts of two fingers with a homemade bomb was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Friday for possession of destructive explosives. James Lee Minyard, 42, had pleaded guilty on Dec. 12. He was indicted on federal charges in August after being arrested by Tampa police in May.
While searching Minyard's E Crawford Street home, police found several explosive devices and chemicals, including the destructive explosive triacetone triperoxide, as well as a homemade remote control to detonate explosive devices. Law enforcement said Minyard admitted to knowingly possessing those devices. Minyard told authorities he built the explosives because he wanted to prove to himself he could, and blew off the top of two fingers when one of his devices detonated.