An Amherst man who was caught with bomb-making materials at his home last year was sentenced to one year in federal prison Monday by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.
Duncan Badding, 26, a resident of the Williamsburg Square apartments off South Forest Road, pleaded guilty to knowingly making a destructive device, but he denied intending to harm anyone.
“He apologized to the court but also explained that he had no clue that he was doing anything wrong and that he meant no harm,” said Badding’s attorney, David S. Kelly.
Badding, who has worked as a machinist, was arrested at his home Aug. 8, 2012, after Amherst police responded to a call of shots being fired at that location. Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives also responded.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel L. Violanti, investigators found bomb-making materials there, including a mixture of fuel oil and ammonium nitrate. Aluminum powder, plastic PVC piles and gunpowder also were found, authorities said.
Police also reported finding “several apparent destructive devices” and other materials used to make destructive devices.
His lawyer said Badding did not know he was breaking the law and had no intention to use the devices to hurt anyone or destroy any property.
“He’s a bright kid. This was more in the nature of an experiment,” Kelly said. “To say it was like a fireworks thing is probably correct.”
After his one year in prison, Badding will have to spend two years on supervised release under the supervision of federal probation officers, according to Skretny’s sentence.