Rifle teen receives probation, Workenders plan in bomb case
November 6, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Rifle teen who pleaded guilty to making a pipe bomb in September received probation and a Workenders plan at his sentencing hearing Thursday.
Judge Denise Lynch of the Ninth Judicial District sentenced Scott Stricklan, 19, to two years of supervised probation and 15 days with the Community Corrections’ Workenders Program, with two days credit for time served for when he was arrested.
Workenders Program clients perform work two days per week for governmental and nonprofit agencies within the judicial district as a form of community service.
Lynch also required Stricklan to undergo random urine analysis, substance abuse and mental health evaluations through probation, 80 hours of public service, and stipulations that he is not to possess gun powder or anything used to make an explosive device.
“The whole thing is bizarre,” Lynch said. “I don’t think it’s normal behavior for an 18-year-old to possess a pipe bomb, or an AK-47.”
Stricklan was arrested on Nov. 8, 2008, after an employee at Rollin Audio reported to Glenwood Springs police that they had discovered – and it was later determined to be – a pipe bomb in Stricklan’s car, as workers installed speakers.
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Glenwood Police called in the Grand Junction Hazardous Device Response Team to defuse the device.
After his arrest, authorities searched his residence where he reportedly lived with one parent. During the search, authorities found $3,300 in cash, over an ounce of marijuana, around 20 grams of hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms, and an AK-47 assault rifle.
Stricklan pleaded guilty to possession of an explosive or incendiary device, a class four felony in September. Other charges of drug possession were dropped.
Prosecutor Jon Pototsky argued for 45 days of Workenders saying that this was a very serious case.
“This could have been an extremely dangerous situation,” Pototsky said. “He has still not accepted the seriousness of the situation.”
However, Stricklan’s attorney Tom Silverman contended that his client was nothing more than a young boy, “doing what young boys do,” and referred to the bomb as a “firecracker.”
“We’re not talking nitroglycerin here,” Silverman said. “It’s not volatile, it’s black powder, you have to light a fuse.”
Silverman said that Stricklan underwent two separate mental evaluations and it was determined that he was not “psychotic” but rather that he just wanted “to see something go boom.”
He said also that it was determined that Stricklan’s curiosity was due to a lack of attentive parents, which Judge Lynch did not agree with.
“I’m not impressed with blaming it on the mother,” she said. “You are an adult and need to accept responsibility for your actions and not blame anyone else.”