KUSA - On Wednesday, a man from California was told he could spend the rest of his life in prison if he's convicted of trying to blow up the Nederland police station in October.
David Ansberry left a homemade bomb outside the building on Oct. 11, but the cell phone meant to detonate it malfunctioned.
“It's horrifying to think [about],” Nederland resident Janette Taylor said after the hearing. “I was surprised at my anger [of seeing him in court].”
Taylor made the hour trip from her home to the federal justice building to look at the man who almost took away the lives of those she loved.
“We want to see [Ansberry] in prison for the rest of his life. We want him to understand what it is he nearly did to us.”
It was only 28 days ago when Janette's friends found themselves near a backpack dropped by Ansberry, a 64-year-old Californian looking to blow up the Nederland police station over the death of his friend 40 years ago.
“Most of our police force would've been in the vicinity [of the blast],” she said.
On Thursday the assistant U.S. attorney assigned to the case told the court the bomb was sophisticated and packed with arsenic, reasons to deny Ansberry bail after he plead not guilty.
It’s a plea Taylor cannot, and in her mind, will not accept.
“I'm not sure I believe in retribution,” she said. “But I do believe in justice and justice will be that he never sees the light of day again.”
11 times Ansberry tried detonating the improvised bomb with a prepaid cell phone.
Through call traces and surveillance video police were able to track Ansberry to Chicago where he was arrested.
“The horror of what nearly happened to us and our town is almost incomprehensible,” Taylor explained.
For Taylor and her friends Wednesday may not have brought peace, but it did lay the groundwork for it.
“I was very very angry looking at him,” she said. “I think in some ways information goes a long way towards healing.”
Ansberry currently faces charges of attempt to detonate a weapon of mass destruction, which carries with it a possible life sentence.
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