EAGLE COUNTY, COLO. – Dustin Scott Brown, 29, of Basalt, Co., was sentenced April 3rd, to eight years in the Department of Corrections for Possession of an Incendiary Device, a Class Four Felony. Defendant Brown was arrested July 17, 2016, after authorities were alerted to a possible home made bomb Brown had left at his previous residence. The Basalt Police Department responded to the scene, and the Grand Junction Bomb Squad was called in to disarm the device. No one was hurt, and the device was rendered safe.
According to police reports, the explosive device was housed in a plastic soda bottle, wrapped in electrical tape, containing approximately 100 ball bearings, more than a dozen .25 caliber rounds of ammunition, and a .410 shotgun shell. Defendant Brown claimed he was a “mercenary’s assassin”, but the device was never meant to hurt anyone, he claimed—just be used to blow up in the water.
Before the plea agreement, Brown was wanted in North Carolina for probation violation related to felony drug charges.
“While no one knows this man’s true intent, this sentencing ensures nothing is left to chance and no one was hurt,” said Assistant District Attorney Heidi McCollum. “I want to thank the professionals of the Basalt PD and the Grand Junction Bomb Squad for their brave actions in taking away this potential threat,” she added.