The man charged with planting three fake pipe bombs outside two buildings in South Buffalo in October has been accepted into a long-term treatment program.
After initially having turned him down, the Department of Veterans Affairs has accepted James J. Timpanaro, 54, into a program that involves inpatient and assisted-living components, said Fonda Dawn Kubiak, his federal public defender.
The VA at first rejected Timpanaro, who has a long history of substance abuse and mental health issues, because of "unsuccessful past treatment," Kubiak previously said.
U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. ordered Timpanaro – who faces a federal charge of conveying a hoax – released from the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and into the VA's custody earlier this week.
Timpanaro was charged Nov. 2 with placing two fake bombs outside the Buffalo Police Department's South District station on Oct. 26 and a fake bomb outside a South Park Avenue post office the following day.