Crime

Ex-Colonial Williamsburg employee admits using decorative lights to set off pipe bomb

Ex-Colonial Williamsburg employee admits using decorative lights to set off pipe bomb

Using decorative lights at Colonial Williamsburg as a timer, a former maintenance worker at the living history museum blew up a pipe bomb in 2017 near his work, according to new court documents.

Stephen James Powers, 31, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of illegally possessing destructive devices and making a false statement to investigators. The Gloucester man faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced May 2 in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.

The pipe bomb exploded about 5 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017, in a Merchants Square parking lot at the corner of...

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