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Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Texan Gets 11 years for Chemical Bomb Making

An East Texas man was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for possessing a sodium cyanide bomb capable of killing everyone inside a basketball arena. Reuters reported:

William Krar, 63, was sentenced at a federal court in Tyler, Texas, to 135 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in November to possessing a chemical weapon. His common-law wife Judith Bruey was sentenced on the same day to just over four years for conspiring to possess illegal weapons.

In April 2003 Federal agents raided a storage shed in the east Texas town of Noonday where Krar had a weapons cache and found among other things enough sodium cyanide and components to turn it into a gas bomb.

According to information from prosecutors in court, Krar accumulated a large quantity of sodium cyanide and chemicals such as hydrochloric, nitric and acetic acids. Prosecutors said when sodium cyanide is mixed with acids such as those in Krar's possession, the combination can produce a lethal gas.

Sodium cyanide is used in mining to extract gold and silver from other rock. If sniffed, ingested or absorbed through the skin, it attacks the nervous system and can cause suffocation.

Some investigators believe that Krar, who has paid no federal income taxes since 1988, made his living as a traveling arms salesman who pedaled illicit bomb components and other weapons to violent underground anti-government groups across the country.

Texan Sentenced to 11 Years for Chemical Weapons [Reuters]
CBS 11 Investigates Poison Gas Plot [TV-11 Dallas]

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