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Falls bomb maker placed on probation, headed for treatment

LOCKPORT – Mentally ill bomb maker Thomas P. Jamieson, whose hobby of making Molotov cocktails caused his Niagara Falls neighborhood to be evacuated as police arrested him April 17, will undergo further mental health treatment during a period of interim probation, his attorney said Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Jamieson, 25, had been in the mental health unit of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for several weeks until his condition could be stabilized. Benedict said Jamieson is to be placed in the Buffalo Psychiatric Center for further treatment.

County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III placed Jamieson on six months of interim probation pending a final sentence for his guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police seized more than a dozen bottles of flammable liquid wrapped in cloth with wicks on top when they entered Jamieson’s Falls Street home. Jamieson told officers making bombs was his hobby and he bought jet fuel and gunpowder as ingredients.