A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for leaving an explosive device housed in a plastic soda bottle inside of a home.
Basalt man Dustin Brown was arrested on July 17 after authorities first learned of an explosive device inside of his former residence. He told investigators he was a “mercenary’s assassin” but that he didn’t want to hurt anyone.
Police say the device was housed in a soda bottle that was wrapped in electrical tape, containing approximately 100 ball bearings, more than a dozen .25 caliber rounds of ammunition and a .410 shotgun shell.
No one was injured, and the Grand Junction Bomb Squad was able to disarm the device.
At the time, Brown was wanted in North Carolina for violating probation on felony drug charges.
He told police he only intended to blow up the homemade bomb in water.