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Rockville man had 'stunning' array of bombmaking chemicals: Witness

Washington Post Editors

The sentencing of Rockville's Collin McKenzie-Gude, which U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte postponed last week, picked up again Thursday.

Last year, McKenzie-Gude pleaded guilty to charges of storing bomb-making materials in his bedroom closets. On Thursday, the prosecution's first witness in the sentencing phase, FBI bomb-making expert Richard Stryker was on the stand. He said McKenzie-Gude had a "rather stunning" variety of chemicals in his bedroom that could be turned into bombs.


Collin McKenzie-Gude. (File Photo)

Prosecutors also showed a video of the explosion that could have been created by the chemicals.

Key witness Patrick Yevsukov could take stand later this afternoon. Yevsukov has pleaded guilty to two counts of the manufacture or possession of a destructive device and is to be sentenced soon.

McKenzie-Gude's attorney, Steven Kupferberg, has said McKenzie-Gude deserves to be released from jail, where he has been since his arrest in 2008. Prosecutors want him to spend at least 6 1/2 more years behind bars.

McKenzie-Gude also has pleaded guilty in a separate state court to a charge of attempted carjacking. He is to be sentenced for that later.

-- Dan Morse

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 14, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery , Updates  
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