An Indiana National Guardsman was arrested on New Year’s Day by Ohio State Police, after a traffic stop for speeding also revealed that he had several firearms and 48 bombs in his vehicle, was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday, August 8.
Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 43, almost got away with only a speeding ticket when police stopped him outside of Columbus, Ohio on I-70 for doing 88 mph in a 70 mph zone. Then, as the officer was handing Boguslawski the ticket, he noticed the butt of a gun protruding from between his legs.
WLWT reports A search of Boguslawski’s vehicle found homemade bombs, explosive powders, fuses, a remote detonator, and five firearms including an assault weapon, and ammunition.
Police found more bombs in Boguslawski’s home.
Following his arrest a subsequent search of his home in Indiana turned up several more explosive devices and bomb making materials along with videos and photographs showing Boguslawski and other family members, including his 16 year old niece, blowing up homemade bombs.
The prosecutor in the case had asked for a sentence of 46 months while Boguslawski’s defense attorney had requested time served plus 18 months of home confinement saying that Boguslawski was not a danger and had built the bombs with “no malevolent intent.”
U.S. District Court Judge James Graham said that while the first thing that comes to mind when reading the details of Boguslawski’s arrest is “domestic terrorism” but that he now believes that the man “thought he was doing something good for his country” although that was a misguided belief “reinforced by people in the military” who saw his obsession with bombs as a valuable asset in his job training soldiers for combat in Afghanistan.
Boguslawski had been a member of the National Guard first in Pennsylvania and then in Ohio and Tennessee before transferring to his Indiana unit where he was reportedly listed as an explosives expert. His superiors in the Guard are said to have known of Boguslawski’s growing fascination with blowing things up but accepted it because of his value in training military personnel.
Boguslawski told the court prior to sentencing:
“I am truly sorry. I wholeheartedly regret the trouble I caused. I put people in danger. I’ve learned how careless and reckless I was. I swear as an Eagle Scout and a soldier I will no longer engage in these activities.”
His attorney Steve Nolder said that at first Boguslawski’s bombs had been small but that “Over time he’s just begun to get reckless” and that he would be the first to admit that transporting the devices as he had been doing at the time of his arrest was a mistake.
As he passed sentence the Judge noted that the bombs in his vehicle at the time of his arrest had placed not only him in danger but also the police officers who had stopped him as well as anyone who may have been passing by had they detonated. He said that Boguslawski’s actions were “really stupid, risky, and dangerous” but that he felt that the man was more “a kid who never grew up” than a homegrown terrorist.
Watch a news report on his arrest from WLWT below.
h/t and featured photo: WBNS 10TV.