Waco – A 31-year-old man from West accused of possession of a pipe bomb and explosive materials will plead guilty today, Thursday, October 10, in U.S. District Court to an unspecified charge, according to his attorney.
Bryce Reed asked an acquaintance to stash the materials, which are classified as an unauthorized firearm, at a rural Abbott residence, according to officials of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. When the unnamed confidential informant became nervous and contacted McLennan County Sheriff's Office deputies, the federal authorities stepped in and charged Reed.
According to his attorney Jonathan Sibley, he will “accept full responsibility for what he believes is his role in the allegations against him.” Mr. Sibley said he wishes to spare his family from the rigors of a “hotly contested and long and drawn-out jury trial” that was scheduled for later this month.
He also stated that Reed's actions have nothing to do with the tragedy which claimed 15 lives, hundreds of injuries, and hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage when a fire of unknown origin ignited ammonium nitrate fertilizer stored in a warehouse where batteries in a golf cart were being recharged on April 17.
He told newsmen that he feels he has reached a “middle ground” with federal prosecutors.