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Wheatfield bomb-maker who lost leg in explosion gets 30 months

Michael C. O’Neill, the Wheatfield man who lost part of his leg in an explosion and later admitted making a pipe bomb, was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison.

O'Neill, 47, had previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to unlawful possession of a destructive device.

O'Neill's sentence came more than two years after the explosion at 6761 Walmore Road, the home of his mother and stepfather, former Niagara County Legislature Chairman William Ross.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins said the evidence against O'Neill included six destructive devices, five of which had sealed ends and fuses. Confederate flags and Nazi memorabilia also was found. O'Neill reportedly told investigators the devices were for tree stump removal.

Following the explosion, O’Neill's left leg was amputated.


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