ELKO – A Spring Creek man who had more than a dozen pipe bombs in his bedroom at his parents’ home in Spring Creek a year ago was sentenced this week on 17 charges.
Thomas Mooney, 27, was arrested last March after deputies were called to the residence regarding a domestic issue. While searching the home they discovered pipe bombs and materials for making improvised explosive devices, along with firearms and small amounts of marijuana and heroin.
Mooney was found guilty in October of 14 counts of “possession of a component of an explosive or incendiary device or devices with intent to manufacture an explosive or incendiary device or devices.”
He also pleaded guilty later in October to three counts of possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a felony offense.
District Judge Al Kacin sentenced him Tuesday on all of the counts. Mooney was ordered to serve 14 concurrent six-year terms in prison on the explosives offenses, and three concurrent five-year terms on the firearms offenses.
The total 11-year sentence will be offset by 361 days already served, and Mooney will be eligible for parole after serving 52 months.
The three deputies who were called to the residence had received training in explosives, including one who was trained in the Marine Corps. They testified against Mooney in court.
Thirteen completed bombs were found, along with other explosives, including one made from petroleum jelly and “known as Poor Man’s C4.”