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A Salad-Bowl Bomb in a FedEx Box, and a $1 Bill, Gets Colleyville Man 10 Years in Prison

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On May 5, 52-year-old David Barouch of Colleyville was arrested for putting a bomb on the front porch of his ex-wife's house. Two months later, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device. Today, he found out his punishment: the statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, plus a $10,000 fine, courtesy U.S. District Judge John McBryde in Fort Worth.

The U.S. Attorney's Office release follows, but long story short:

On Sunday, May 2, Barouch placed the device, contained in a FedEx box, on his ex-wife's porch. She discovered the box on Sunday morning, before she left for church, and brought it inside. When she returned home, she opened it and found packing peanuts surrounding two wooden salad bowls that were taped together. She separated the bowls and saw a six-volt lantern battery wired to a large bag of black/gray powder. She had also discovered a folded one-dollar bill which had apparently been underneath the FedEx box. She became suspicious and contacted the Colleyville Police Department.

Why the $1?

At Barouch's detention hearing, testimony was presented that Barouch's ex-wife believed that he had placed the dollar bill under the FedEx box to symbolize the last dollar she would ever receive from him.

FORT WORTH MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

AND FINED FOR PLACING A BOMB ON HIS EX-WIFE'S FRONT PORCH

Improvised Explosive Device Rendered Safe by Authorities

FORT WORTH, Texas - David Barouch, 52, who admitted placing a bomb on the front porch of his ex-wife's residence in Colleyville, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to the statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Barouch has been in custody since his arrest on May 5, 2010, following the execution of a search warrant at his residence in north Fort Worth.

In July 2010, Barouch pleaded guilty to one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device. According to documents filed in the case, on or about Sunday, May 2, 2010, Barouch placed the device, contained in a FedEx box, on his ex-wife's porch. She discovered the box on Sunday morning, before she left for church, and brought it inside. When she returned home, she opened it and found packing peanuts surrounding two wooden salad bowls that were taped together. She separated the bowls and saw a six-volt lantern battery wired to a large bag of black/gray powder. She had also discovered a folded one-dollar bill which had apparently been underneath the FedEx box. She became suspicious and contacted the Colleyville Police Department.

According to the factual resume filed in the case, the taped-together salad bowls contained a main explosives charge of approximately two pounds of a dark smokeless powder, an electrical circuit consisting of a loop switch made from bare exposed wires, a six-volt lantern battery and an initiator which was an automotive-type light bulb with the glass removed and the filament exposed. The bomb also contained fragment in the form of 9mm projectiles consistent with those found in handgun ammunition. Barouch admitted that the bomb could have readily been put in operating condition.

At Barouch's detention hearing, testimony was presented that Barouch's ex-wife believed that he had placed the dollar bill under the FedEx box to symbolize the last dollar she would ever receive from him.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Colleyville Police Department, the Colleyville Fire Department, the Northeast Fire Department Association, the Keller Police Department and the Fort Worth Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bret Helmer was in charge of the prosecution.

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