Skip to comments.‘Just desperate.’ Judge orders man accused in Pierce substation attacks held without bail
Posted on 01/07/2023 6:04:07 PM PST by robowombat
‘Just desperate.’ Judge orders man accused in Pierce substation attacks held without bail BY JARED BROWN
Police in Washington arrested two men in connection to a series of Christmas Day attacks on power stations in the Tacoma area.
A U.S. District Court judge in Tacoma ordered one of the defendants charged with attacking four Pierce County substations on Christmas Day to be held in federal custody pending a grand jury indictment, despite a public defender’s insistence that the man facing a terrorism charge was motivated by poverty and should be in drug treatment.
Federal pretrial services officials also recommended that Matthew Greenwood, 32, be admitted to an inpatient treatment program for methamphetamine and placed on electronic monitoring, according to testimony on Friday. He faces up to 20 years in prison on a charge of conspiracy to damage energy facilities and 10 years on a possessing unregistered firearms offense.
Chief Magistrate Judge Richard Creatura cited Greenwood’s recent, “escalating” criminal activity and the danger the power outages posed as his reasoning for holding Greenwood. According to court testimony, the FBI determined he and his alleged co-conspirator scouted a fifth substation to cause a power disruption in the days after the initial outages.
× “This is a serious crime,” Creatura said in court about the attacks that left an estimated 15,000 Puget Sound Energy and Tacoma Power customers without power, imperiled people who rely on electronic medical devices and caused millions of dollars in damage. Because conspiracy to damage energy facilities is considered a crime of terrorism, federal law holds there is a presumption that defendants should be held in custody without bail. Get unlimited digital access Try 1 month for $1 CLAIM OFFER
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“should be in drug treatment.”
He can dry out in jail while he awaits trial.
Its just some old druggie.. actin’ up...
Nuthin ‘tactical” or “terroristic” here...’
Jus’ some drugged out old git...
Not to worry... Nuthin ot see here...
These aren’t the droids...
Now, move along....
Of course getting a job was out of the question
So he decided to go commit burglaries under the cover of his manufactured blackout.
Makes sense. /s
Jail is his golden opportunity -- a free, abstinence based treatment program.
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