WORCESTER, Mass., Sept. 10, 2004 LAWFUEL -Best for law news, US Attorney news, criminal law, legal news, legal research A Templeton man was convicted
today in federal court of federal explosives offenses.
United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; William J. Hoover, Special
Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in
New England; and Donald Santos, Chief of the Templeton Police Department,
announced that RICHARD LANDRY, age 21, formerly of 58 Dudley Road, Templeton,
Massachusetts, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor to
conspiracy, theft of explosive materials, and possession of stolen explosive
At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case
proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence would have proven that over the
weekend of July 13, 2001, LANDRY and a juvenile co-conspirator broke into
Orica USA, a federally licensed manufacturer and dealer of explosives and a
blasting company. LANDRY and his co-conspirator, a juvenile, disabled the
telephone lines in an attempt to prevent the alarm from activating. LANDRY
and his co-conspirator then broke into several locked trailers located at the
Orica facility. LANDRY climbed into one trailer and found two boxes
containing 110 pounds of Orica Ultra, a blasting agent. LANDRY passed the two
boxes of explosive material out to his co-conspirator. They also took a
computer, a detonator and some other items and left the facility. LANDRY took
one of the boxes of explosive material to his parents’ house and kept it first
in the basement before moving it to the bedroom. The co-conspirator also kept
the stolen explosive material at his residence until the police and ATF were
able to apprehend LANDRY and the co-conspirator. Investigators were able to
recover the entire 110 pounds of blasting agent.
Judge Saylor scheduled sentencing for December 3, 2004, at 3:00 p.m.
LANDRY faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the explosives charge
and 5 years in prison on the conspiracy. Both charges carry a maximum of 3
years of supervised release and a $250,000.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives working in conjunction with the Templeton Police Department. It is
being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Casey in Sullivan’s Worcester