Homemade Bomb leads to Federal Charge for Corrigan Man, LIVINGSTON, April 5, 2018 - On April 4, 2018, a federal grand jury returned an indictment, charging Joel Rueben Lambright Jr. of Corrigan with Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device. According to authorities, on August 14, 2017, Corrigan police officers executed a search warrant on Lambright’s residence in Corrigan where they suspected there to be narcotics activity. However, their search of the residence revealed a plastic container filled with what appeared to be gunpowder and a fuse that extended from its metal top. Officers subsequently contacted the ATF who responded to the scene, disassembled the device and forwarded it to the ATF Forensic Science Laboratory for analysis. The analysis of the device by the lab indicated that the device was indeed a Destructive Device prohibited by the United States Code and commonly referred to as a bomb. The case, which is being prosecuted by Tommy L. Coleman, serving as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Records from that very same court indicate that Lambright was previously convicted of Deprivation of Rights and sentenced to 97 months in a federal prison. State court records show that Lambright was also convicted of Manslaughter, Interference with Public Duties and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Lambright’s indictment follows a series of recent incidents involving homemade bombs, including one in which a suspect terrorized Austin for three weeks with a string of bombs. The serial bomber in that case went on to kill two and injure several others before blowing himself up as law enforcement officers closed in on him. Governor, Greg Abbott, praised law enforcement’s response in that case and highlighted the collaboration between federal, state and local authorities to “solve one of the most heinous crimes that’s ever existed.” If convicted of possessing the homemade bomb as alleged in his indictment, Lambright could face up to ten years in federal prison.
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