Indiana Man Sentenced For Driving Explosives Through Central Ohio
"Really stupid, risky, and dangerous."
That's how a federal judge described the actions of a man who had a van full of bombs and weapons.
But in the eyes of the judge, Andrew Boguslawski was more a kid who "never grew up" than a homegrown terrorist.
Boguslawski was stopped for speeding Jan. 1 in Madison County.
Cruiser camera video showed the search of his van, which turned up homemade bombs, explosive powders, fuses, a remote detonator, five firearms including an assault weapon, and ammunition.
A search of his Indiana home found what prosecutors described as a "virtual warehouse of bomb-making equipment, supplies, and partially assembled IEDs"
10tv obtained another video of Boguslawski, an Indiana National Guard training video crediting him as an "Explosives Consultant".
A 15-year veteran of the Army National Guard, Boguslawski is shown rigging explosives in a training exercise for fellow guard members.
"It's a really good program and I really enjoy helping out with it," Boguslawski says on the video.
Friday US District Court Judge James Graham said the first thing that comes to mind when hearing details of Boguslawski's arrest is "some form of domestic terrorism," asking the question, "what in the world is his motivation?"
But Graham said he was "convinced that (Boguslawski) thought he was doing something good for his country," a misperception "reinforced by people in the military" who accepted his fascination with explosives as "valuable".
The judge agreed with prosecutors statements about "the extreme danger to the public that Boguslawski's bomb-builder lifestyle presents", and agreed with the defense that his actions "were not the product of malevolent intent".
Addressing the court, Boguslawski said, "I am truly sorry. I wholeheartedly regret the trouble I caused. I put people in danger. I've learned how careless and reckless I was. I swear as an Eagle Scout and a soldier I will no longer engage in these activities."
Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 46 months. The defense asked for time served, plus 18 months home confinement.
The judge imposed a sentence in between those recommendations- two years in prison, followed by three years of probation.
During that time, the judge ordered monitoring software to be installed on any computer Boguslawski has access to.