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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Prosecutors Enter New Charges Against Mormon Church Bomber

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Uncomfortable with the release of James Carbullido, the man accused of trying to bomb nine LDS chapels in Las Vegas, federal prosecutors have filed a new charge of arson against him, just hours after a federal judge ordered his release on Monday. After arraignment on Tuesday, a judge released Carbullido on his own recognizance, rejecting arguments from Police that he is still dangerous.

Carbullido is accused in connection with a series of nine homemade bombs that he attempted to ignite at LDS chapels around Las Vegas, starting in 1998. Only two of the bombs actually ignited, causing minor damage. As a trial in March, Carbullido was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a federal mental health facility in New York. But doctors there discovered that he was not insane, just severely addicted to methamphetamine, which displayed similar symptoms to paranoid schizophrenia. The situation led US District Judge David Hagen to release Carbullido on Monday with some restrictions and random drug tests.

But Assistant US Attorney Thomas O'Connell was disturbed that Carbullido hadn't been punished for the crime, and filed the new arson charge immediately.

Failed church bomber charged again
Las Vegas NV Sun 2Aug00 D2
By Greg Tuttle: Las Vegas Sun


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