- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

YORK, Pa. (AP) - A man accused of planning to “go to war” with state troopers in central Pennsylvania has been sentenced to decades in prison.

Fifty-seven-year-old Howard Cofflin Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in York County to 36 years, four months to 72 years, eight months.

Cofflin was convicted of attempted first-degree murder and terrorism. Authorities said he was upset by a protective order and threatened in 2015 to cut off his ex-girlfriend’s head with an ax, then kill state troopers and county judges.

Cofflin’s defense attorney contacted police to warn them that his client had body armor and was building a rifle. Troopers say he built bombs from propane tanks, searched “how to kill a state trooper” on his phone, and studied the habits of troopers stationed near his former home in Loganville.

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