Man involved in mailbox bombings sentenced to jail

By Janice Gregorson

A second Rochester man involved in putting homemade bombs in mailboxes a year ago has been given jail time, ordered to do community work service and put on probation for 20 years.

Olmsted District Judge Jodi Williamson sentenced Joshua Jon Carlson, 20, on Monday to serve 105 days in jail with work-release privileges. He will receive credit for any time served.

The judge also told him to complete 100 hours of community work service within 18 months.


In December, Carlson pleaded guilty to two felony counts of use of explosive/incendiary devices with the intent to damage property with gross disregard for life or property.

Carlson and two others were charged in June with six felonies for a string of mailbox bombings in March 2007. In November, James Duane Osmonson, 20, was sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts. He also was put on probation for 20 years and ordered to serve 75 days in a combination of jail and home detention.

Last week, the third person, Alex Leigh Niess, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts and will be sentenced in June.

Carlson’s sentence includes completing outpatient chemical dependency treatment and writing a report on the danger of bomb activity. He also is to pay court fees and restitution of $142.

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