Probation for co-defendant in Bethesda bomb case
A 19-year-old from Montgomery County was spared jail time Wednesday for his role in a bomb-making case that unearthed an alleged plan to try to kill the president, the final chapter of a two-year-old case that involved a pair of one-time prep school honor students and a cache of weapons stored in one of their bedrooms.
At a sentencing hearing, Patrick Yevsukov was placed on three years supervised probation. He'd earlier given investigators key information about his former close friend, Collin McKenzie-Gude, now 20, who was sentenced to nearly eight years in the case and remains locked in jail.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Louise G. Scrivener cited Yevsukov's extensive cooperation in the case and said he had come a long way since his arrest two years ago on charges he made and set off pipe-bombs. Yevsukov is getting straight A's at the University of Baltimore, and wants to go to law school.
"I think you've done an incredible job of turning things around in your life," Scrivener told Yevsukov.
He earlier had pleaded guilty to two counts of manufacture or possession of a destructive device, one count of unauthorized access to a computer and one count of theft of less than $100. At his plea hearing in 2009, he told Scrivener he was having trouble dealing with all the pressures of the case.
After the sentencing Wednesday, he expressed relief.
"I'm just very relieved it's over," he said. "It's been a long two years."
-- Dan Morse
May 26, 2010; 4:01 PM ET
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