- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge is allowing a Provo man accused of trying to bring a small homemade explosive device into a U.S. government building in Salt Lake City to remain free and not serve more jail time.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2htiBFt ) U.S. District Judge Jill Parrish on Tuesday sentenced Brandon Evert Bushnell to the 71 days he already spent in jail following his November 2015 arrest and waived a fine.

Parrish says Bushnell had no criminal record and was “a model citizen.”

Prosecutors say a security guard found a device known as a cricket bomb in Bushnell’s pocket when he arrived for a Social Security Administration hearing last year.

His lawyer says Bushnell forgot he had it. Bushnell later pleaded guilty a misdemeanor charge of an unlawful possession of an explosive in a federal building.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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