Cornelia Woman Pleads Guilty to Making Pipe Bombs

July 24, 2013

A Habersham County woman pleads guilty to making and possessing pipe bombs.

24-year-old Celia Savage of Cornelia entered a guilty plea Tuesday in federal district court in Gainesville to counts of making and possessing pipe bombs.

The bombs were found at her residence in May 2012 and they were not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Registry, as is required by federal law.

In addition to the two completed pipe bombs, authorities said they found firearms, small amounts of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and material to manufacture more explosive devices in her bedroom, which Savage referred to as her “lab.”

Authorities said Savage admitted that she had previously manufactured five to seven pipe bombs of various sizes at her residence, calling it her hobby.

In response to the plea, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said making bombs out of heavy metal pipe, explosive powder, and fuses is a serious crime, not a hobby, that carries significant penalties.

Savage could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

However, in the negotiated plea agreement entered on Tuesday, the Government and defendant both agreed to jointly recommend a sentence of 57 to 71 months.

However, Savage can ask for less than that at a sentencing hearing to be held at a later date.

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