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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2011

Robert E. O’Neill, United States Attorney

Contact: William Daniels
(813) 274-6388

Volusia Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty in Deland Bombing

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Lisa Marie Milligan (50, Deltona) today pleaded guilty to federal charges of possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and possession of a firearm (destructive device) by a convicted felon. Milligan faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count.

According to the plea agreement, on April 2, 2011, Milligan became angry after she was robbed of $400 in a failed illegal drug transaction. Milligan and two co-defendants decided to retaliate against the person who had stolen her money by building a destructive device and blowing up the victim's car. After a co-defendant purchased components and assembled a pipe bomb for her, Milligan drove to the victim’s apartment complex, the Mallards of Brandywine, in DeLand. At 2:30 a.m., Milligan placed the pipe bomb into the tailpipe of the victim’s automobile, lit the fuse and fled the area. The resulting explosion damaged at least two automobiles and sprayed shrapnel into the parking lot of the complex. When arrested by authorities, Milligan admitted to leaving a threatening voice mail message for the victim that he had signed his death warrant. She also confessed that she had placed the pipe bomb in the car because she had wanted to send a message that she would not be ripped off in the future.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program – a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy led by ATF. United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill, along with Virginia O'Brien, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Tampa Field Division, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

This case was investigated by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the State of Florida Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.