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Kenyon man sentenced to prison for bomb plot

From staff reports

MINNEAPOLIS — A Kenyon man has been ordered to serve 10 years in federal prison for his involvement in a plot to bomb public buildings in Rice County.

Allan Talmage Weatherford, 45, was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device.

Weatherford was arrested in March after authorities claimed he hatched a plan to blow up the Rice County Courthouse and other public buildings in Faribault. Weatherford and his brother, Mark Houston Weatherford, 35, were the focus of a narcotics investigation when the plot was discovered.

In 2005 and 2006, law enforcement officers on several occasions searched the farm where the Weatherford brothers lived, seizing about 50 firearms, stolen property and illegal drugs, according to court documents.

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On March 28, 2006, authorities returned to the Weatherford farm and found two propane cylinders, each weighing about 62 pounds and containing a mixture of fuel oil and fertilizer. Although an analysis revealed that the quality of the mixture wasn’t suitable for an explosive, Allan Weatherford admitted that he intended to make a fertilizer bomb, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Mark Weatherford is awaiting sentencing in Rice District Court for aiding and abetting possession of an explosive device, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

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