Winnemucca man pleads guilty to explosives charge

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- The US Attorney's Office and the FBI say a felon has pleaded guilty to possession of an explosive device at his home in Winnemucca.

36-year-old Terry J. Hanson Jr. pleaded guilty to one count. United States Judge Larry R. Hicks accepted the guilty plea and scheduled sentencing for October 9, 2018. The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The plea agreement states that April 18, 2018, Hanson and another witness, who was cooperating with investigators and wearing a recording device, met with an undercover employee to sell a roll of Thermalite Ignitor cord, which is an explosive material under federal law, and Thermalite connectors. Hanson received $3,000 in cash for the sale to the undercover.

He already had a felony conviction in Humboldt County for possession of a controlled substance.

Hanson had been scheduled for trial July 17.

The arrest came after an investigation by the FBI, the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Winnemucca Police Department, Elko Police Department, Elko County Sheriff's Office, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Reno Police Department and the Nevada Department of Agriculture.