| News

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Man sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for giving advice on building a pipe bomb

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 5:34 p.m.

A McKees Rocks man who provided instructions for building a pipe bomb in return for $300 and a .45 caliber pistol will spend 15 years and eight months in prison, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Michael Steven Cech, 42, pleaded guilty in September to providing the bomb building advice to a confidential informant working for the police. The informant told Cech he wanted the bomb to kill a witness who would be testifying against him in a federal drug case, prosecutors say.

U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose also sentenced Cech to three years of probation.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pens’ Dupuis out at least a month with lower-body injury
  2. Steelers’ Bryant returns from drug suspension, ‘won’t happen again’
  3. Starkey: Searage, Pirates ultra-confident
  4. Husband, wife die in apparent murder-suicide in Baldwin Borough
  5. Allegheny Township home destroyed by fire
  6. New Steelers kicker Boswell ready for challenge at Heinz
  7. Audit: Pennsylvania’s education master plan is 16 years out of date
  8. Canon-McMillan drops Postal Service from condemnation action
  9. Latrobe infant found in filth, police say
  10. Top general in Afghanistan: U.S. strike on hospital a mistake
  11. Steelers notebook: Shazier practices, hopes to play Monday at Chargers