- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors say a Lancaster man has been sentenced to 16 years in state prison for possessing a homemade bomb that investigators said he planned to detonate at his ex-girlfriend’s home.

The District Attorney’s Office says 52-year-old Vernon Russell Smith pleaded no contest in April to one felony count of attempting to explode a destructive device with intent to injure.

Smith stopped by a sheriff’s deputy last October after making an illegal U-turn. The deputy discovered an explosive device made from a petroleum liquid and gun power that was laced with staples.

Prosecutors say authorities determined Smith planned to use the homemade bomb on his ex-girlfriend and her husband.

The Daily News reports Sunday (https://bit.ly/243dppd ) that Smith was criminally charged more than a dozen times, including a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon in 2011.

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Information from: (Los Angeles) Daily News, https://www.dailynews.com

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