- The Washington Times - Monday, August 18, 2003

A U.S. District Court judge yesterday sentenced a Maryland man, convicted of planting two bombs that maimed his half brother, to 32 years in prison.

Judge Emmett G. Sullivan had the option of increasing the sentence of Prescott Sigmund, 35, which the judge repeatedly termed “inadequate,” but accepted the sentence called for under a plea-bargain agreement.

“I think he is a terrible person and a terrorist,” Judge Sullivan said.

The judge recommended that Sigmund, of Potomac, serve his time at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons supermax facility in Colorado that is primarily below ground.

The bombs had been planted in a sport utility vehicle, which was parked in a commercial garage in Washington, when they exploded July 12 last year. Federal prosecutors say they believe the target was Sigmund’s father, Donald, a wealthy insurance executive with more than $1 million in life insurance.

The half brother — Wright Sigmund, who was 20 at the time — had borrowed the car and was inside when the bomb went off. The explosion and resulting wounds have affected all his internal organs, doctors said, possibly shortening his life by as much as 14 years.

He has since undergone 25 surgeries and faces at least five more. He also has needed mental health counseling.

“If it had gone your way, I would be dead,” Wright Sigmund told his half brother at the sentencing hearing. “But instead I have suffered a fate much worse.”

Mounting debts and business failures were believed to have been the motive, although Prescott Sigmund told the court that he has not been able to rationalize his actions.

Bradey Bulk, Prescott Sigmund’s ex-wife, said her ex-husband withdrew money from the bank accounts of their sons, now 2 and 5, before purchasing the bomb-making materials. At the hearing, she called him a “worthless, loathsome, failure of a creature.”

Prescott Sigmund, who disappeared three days after the blast, surrendered four months later, when his story was featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted.”

Before his surrender, Prescott Sigmund had been working as a hotel desk clerk in Missoula, Mont., where he told friends that his wife and children had been killed by a drunken driver.

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