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'Lone wolf' with pipe bombs in West L.A. sentenced to eight years

October 09, 2013|By Joseph Serna
  • Robert Colt Wilson pleaded no contest to felony charges of possessing a destructive device, ingredients to make a destructive device and having a controlled substance with a firearm.
Robert Colt Wilson pleaded no contest to felony charges of possessing a… (KTLA-TV )

A West L.A. man who police said had more than a dozen pipe bombs in his home was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday.

Robert Colt Wilson, 29, pleaded no contest in a Los Angeles County courtroom Tuesday to felony charges of possessing a destructive device, ingredients to make a destructive device and having a controlled substance with a firearm.

Wilson was arrested May 14 after police pulled him over for a traffic violation in Marina del Rey. Authorities found drugs, a loaded gun and one pipe bomb in his car.

Police then obtained a warrant to search his home in the 3800 block of Overland Avenue in Palms, where they found 17 more pipe bombs. After Wilson's arrest, police described him as a “lone wolf” who was intrigued with explosives, but said he had no connection with terrorist acts or groups.

In exchange for Wilson’s plea, four felony counts were dismissed, prosecutors said.

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joseph.serna@latimes.com

Twitter: @josephserna

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