- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Catahoula Parish man has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to firearms and explosives charges.

U.S. District Judge Dee Drell sentenced 56-year-old Bill Womack Friday on charges of possessing an unregistered explosive device and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. He was also fined $50,000, sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to give up the weapons seized when he was arrested.

Womack faced a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Law enforcement officers responded to an explosion inside Womack’s estranged wife’s SUV in September 2014.

The explosion led to a five-day search of his property that found machine guns, silencers, a short-barreled rifle and more than a kilogram of marijuana. Federal agents say they destroyed explosives Womack had set.

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