UP man convicted in federal case involving explosives get 4 years, 3 months in prison
John Lechner is farmer, builder from Sault Ste. Marie who was convicted in June
An Upper Peninsula man convicted of illegally transporting and storing explosive materials has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.
John Lechner is a farmer and builder from Sault Ste. Marie and was convicted in June.
He wasn't charged with plotting to blow up the mixture. But in a recorded conversation, he told an informant that he'd become a mercenary "when the people decide to take the government back."
Lechner was sentenced to four years, three months in prison during an appearance Thursday in Marquette federal court.
Co-defendant Ken Kassab of Brimley was acquitted of illegally transporting fuel oil and ammonium nitrate and another charge. He'd struck a plea deal with the government but changed his mind and decided to go to trial.
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