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UPDATE: Sheriff says bomb threats "reason for great concern"


A Taylor County man is accused of plotting to build bombs to kill several authorities.

According to the Taylor County sheriff, Patrick Staton, 22, was targeting a Taylor County judge, district attorney and detective.

"It's a reason for great concern when our public officials are singled out simply for doing their job," Sheriff Bruce Daniels said.

Staton was taken into custody last week when he appeared at the Taylor County Courthouse for a court scheduled conference. Officers then obtained a search warrant for his home and that's where they found evidence to back up Staton's threats.

"We did locate items that are at least certainly components that could be developed into an explosive device," Daniels said.

Daniels told Newsline 9 the investigation began April 23, 2012 when Taylor County authorities received a tip. "Our detectives received information from an informant through the Colby/Abbotsford Police Department."

The informant told police Staton had been bragging about using bombs to kill Taylor County officials. Authorities say Staton said he would blow up the court house and also boasted he knew where a detective lived and planned to light an explosive there as well.

Staton is currently in jail. Calls to his attorney were not returned.

Daniels said this is an unusual case. "This is the first time in my career that I've actually seen or been aware of a potential defendant, you know, creating something like this."

The Price County district attorney agreed.

"My office, in the tenure that I've been here, I don't think has had an explosives device type charge nor any sort of threat against a court official," Mark Fuhr said.

He's working the case because the Taylor County district attorney was one of the officials targeted by Staton.

Authorities said they don't believe anyone else is involved, but are continuing to investigate.

"We will continue to follow up on every lead until this case is disposed of," Daniels said.

A judge set Staton's bail at $25,000 last week. The Price County district attorney said he plans to recommend charges soon.





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