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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
Roger B. Handberg, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Putnam County Felon and Sex Offender Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Explosive Device

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan today sentenced Paul Bryan McCorkle, 55, of Interlachen, to 27 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of an explosive. The court also ordered McCorkle to forfeit an improvised explosive device. McCorkle entered a guilty plea on Oct. 25, 2023.

According to court documents, McCorkle had been convicted of online enticement of a child in 2003 and was required to register as a sex offender. In 2007, and again in 2013, McCorkle failed to update his sex offender registration as required and was convicted of these felony offenses. As a convicted felon, McCorkle was prohibited from possessing explosives.

On Feb. 22, 2022, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) responded to a mobile home fire in Putnam County. Once there, several witnesses reported that McCorkle had been manufacturing homemade explosives in the mobile home. McCorkle, who was at the scene, informed officers that he had at least two “M80”-type devices in a drawer in his room in the mobile home, as well as components to make the devices. McCorkle voluntarily surrendered to ATF a similar device he was storing at a separate residence. Examination of the device revealed it was approximately 15 inches long and contained more than half a pound of Pyrodex powder, which is an explosive under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Florida Bureau of Fire Arson and Explosives Investigation, and the Putnam County Fire Rescue Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Cofer Taylor.


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