Man in Georgia prison indicted for constructing, mailing bomb to Alaska, D.C.

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A man serving a life sentenced in a now-shuttered Georgia state prison has been indicted on multiple federal charges for constructing and mailing bombs to federal facilities.

David Cassady, 55, an inmate at Phillips State Prison in Buford, Ga., is charged with making an unregistered destructive device; two counts of mailing a destructive device; and two counts of attempted malicious use of an explosive, said Jill E. Steinberg, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

Cassady was serving time for kidnapping, aggravated sodomy and false imprisonment.

“Protecting our personnel and facilities is a fundamental role of our office and of our law enforcement partners,” said U.S. Attorney Steinberg. “We also will take action against inmates who seek to commit crimes and harm the public from behind bars.”

As described in the indictment returned by the April session of the Grand Jury in the Southern District of Georgia, Cassady was an inmate in the now-closed Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Ga., in Tattnall County, when he managed to make bombs and mail them via U.S. Mail to the United States Courthouse and Federal Building in Anchorage, and to a federal facility at 1400 New York Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. That is the address of the Department of Justice.

The indictment alleges the bombs were sent in an attempt “to maliciously damage or destroy, by means of fire or explosive, a building in whole or in part owned or possessed by, or leased to, the United States,” and “created substantial risk of injury to a person.”

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI Anchorage Office, Homeland Security Investigations Federal Protective Service, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Georgia Department of Corrections Office of Professional Responsibility, and Prosecuted for the United States of America by Southern District of Georgia Assistant U.S. Attorney L. Alexander Hamner.

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  1. I’m very curious how someone could actually make a bomb in prison and then actually send it in the mail. Why not bomb his way out of jail then? Maybe said ‘bomb’ was just a tennis ball with the word BOMB written on it.

  2. Maybe that is why the prison is closed at this time; in answer to your original question.

    • Terry:
      Bomb Making 101 is actually taught at the federal
      joint. Supplies and materials are usually smuggled in by the visiting yoga instructors.

  3. This should be a strong case for the death penalty. If we can’t put them in prison and keep the public safe, he needs to be put down for the forever count.

  4. Longtime Alaskans will remember that in 1991 Alaskan residents David Kerr and his wife Michelle were the victims of a mail bomb when a package addressed to their home exploded as they opened it. Two Alaskan inmates initiated the bomb plot in retaliation for trial testimony given by the Kerr’s son George, who was actually the intended target. The inmates did not actually send the bomb from inside their prison, but rather they convinced accomplices on the outside to construct and mail the device for them.

    It’s amazing that these types of things can happen, but human ingenuity (and cruelty) apparently knows no bounds, especially when motivated by revenge.

    • This story has been showcased on a couple of true crime tv shows and numerous articles written about it. It isn’t some old sourdough lore.

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