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