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Youth faces two years in bomb case

By Michael Davis

The Locust Grove boy who made two bombs last month and brought them to his McDonough private school will face two years in a juvenile detention facility, the district attorney said Friday.

The 14-year-old Lake Dow Christian Academy student, whose name was not released because of his age, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to making two powder-filled pipe bombs to the school in apparent attempt to sell them. Friday, he was remanded to the Department of Juvenile Justice for not more than two years, said Flint Circuit District Attorney Tommy Floyd.

Authorities discovered one bomb in a back pack Dec. 9 and destroyed it, but a second bomb, left above a ceiling tile in the boy's bathroom, was never recovered. The 138 students at the school that day were evacuated to a neighboring church and authorities closed Lake Dow Road while they searched the area for other possible explosives.

Two nearly complete bombs were also found at the boy's Higgins Road home in Locust Grove.

The incident shook the small private school which has since expelled the boy and begun a program to check all students' back packs when they enter the school.

The charges against the boy called for a maximum penalty of up to five years in custody.