Richard Aubrey Garrett III, 36, of Rome, pleaded guilty Monday in federal district court to multiple charges including charges that he placed an improvised explosive device, or homemade bomb, at a convenience store in Rome in April of 2008.
Garrett left a bomb at the Kangaroo convenience store on Alabama Highway in Rome, where it was spotted by a store clerk, who called E-911. The bomb was X-rayed and found to be a hand grenade hull filled with an explosive substance and equipped with a fuse. The bomb squad safely detonated the bomb.
Garrett admitted to leaving the device in the store and did not indicate a motive.
On Monday Garrett pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a bomb and to illegal possession of a bomb. He could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine up to $500,000.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 29, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., before United States District Judge Harold L. Murphy.