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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Edward L. Stanton III
, United States Attorney
Contact: Louis Goggans

Man Sentenced for Unlawfully Possessing Destructive Device

Jackson, TN – A West Tennessee man has been sentenced to federal prison for unlawfully possessing an improvised destructive device. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, in May 2015, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Trezevant, Tennessee. Deputies met with the complainant and homeowner, who advised that Milton Edward Strain III, 30, of Trezevant, Tennessee, was in possession of a grenade.

Deputies apprehended the defendant and recovered an improvised destructive device from the back of Strain’s vehicle, along with firearms and ammunition. Bomb technicians with the Jackson Police Department determined that the improvised destructive device contained high explosives. Further analysis by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) determined that the device was an explosive bomb.

On Monday, February 8, 2016, Chief U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen sentenced Strain to 18 months in prison.

The investigation was conducted by the ATF; Tennessee Bomb and Arson Unit; Jackson Police Department’s Bomb Squad; and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for West Tennessee’s Eastern Division in Jackson.

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