• Barre man sentenced for explosives
     | January 18,2014

    BARRE — Arlen McWain, 60, of Barre, has been sentenced to time served on a charge that he possessed explosive materials as a convicted felon in July 2012. McWain pleaded guilty and had been in custody for about 18 months at the time of his sentencing Wednesday.

    U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III also ordered that McWain serve two years of supervised release. As part of the conditions of his release, McWain is prohibited from possessing explosive materials.

    According to court records, McWain was convicted in California in 1992 of felony possession of an explosive device. He served a two-year sentence in connection with that case.

    In this case, the Barre City Police Department received complaints from citizens in July 2012 that McWain was constructing improvised explosive devices in his apartment. The Barre police got a search warrant for McWain’s apartment, where they recovered several small IEDs consisting of spent ammunition casings and wicking material.

    Law enforcement also recovered smokeless powder, several empty ammunition casings and a loaded .22-caliber rifle.

    Due to his felony record, McWain was prohibited by law from possessing both the firearm and the explosive powder.

    This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Barre police, with assistance from the Vermont State Police bomb squad. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin J. Doyle. McWain is represented by federal defender Michael L. Desautels.

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