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Man pleads guilty in Tampa bomb-for-hire plot

TAMPA — The man accused of making a bomb and attempting to blow up a vehicle in exchange for $8,000 earlier this year pleaded guilty to a murder-for-hire charge Monday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

John Nicholas Coors, 20, of Bradenton faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison. He will be sentenced in the next 30 to 90 days.

Authorities arrested Coors in April after, they say, he built a bomb at the request of an undercover officer and tried to detonate it in a car with another undercover agent inside.

It all started about a year ago when a man who knew Coors told an FBI agent that Coors was making bombs, according to a federal affidavit.

An undercover officer approached Coors and, during the recorded meetings, Coors agreed to build a bomb capable of killing at least two people sitting in a car, the affidavit states. He said he wanted $8,000 and a month to build the device.

An undercover officer told Coors he had some dynamite for the device and Coors agreed to use it, the affidavit states. But the dynamite was actually inert.

On April 23, the officer met with Coors and went to a Tampa hotel to construct the device. The name of the hotel was not released. Coors showed the officer how to build and improve the device, the affidavit states.

He and the officer drove toward downtown Tampa and arrived at the "victim's" vehicle. Coors broke into the vehicle and put the bomb in the center seat area and returned to the undercover officer's vehicle, the affidavit states.

When the "victim" got into the car, Coors pressed the button on the triggering device. When it failed to detonate, he panicked and continually pressed the button, the affidavit states.

He was arrested afterward.

Man pleads guilty in Tampa bomb-for-hire plot 08/02/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 2, 2010 11:02pm]
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