On Monday, 25-year-old Andrew Schneck was charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy a Confederate statue. A Houston Park ranger caught him planting explosives at the base of a statue of Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in the Confederate army, located in Hermann Park. The statue was erected in 1905.
No one seems to care much about the story but there are endless stories about President Trump appearing to look directly at the sun during the eclipse. It’s the top news!
Prosecutors say Schneck was caught with two boxes with duct tape and wires and with a bottle containing a liquid made up of compounds used as explosives, Dallas News reported.
When he was spotted, he tried to swallow some of the liquid but spit it out. One of the tubes he had contained nitgroglycerin, a contact explosive in its purest form, and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, HMTD, a “highly explosive compound,” federal authorities said in a statement.
Schneck recently completed his chemistry degree – how appropriate! He faces 5 to 40 years in prison.
Schneck had been arrested in 2014 on a charge of improperly storing explosive materials at his Houston home. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years of probation.
In November, a federal judge approved a request by Schneck’s attorneys for early termination of his sentence. In his motion, Hilder had written that Schneck “is not a risk to public safety” and that “his focus is no longer concentrated on high-risk activities.”
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