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QUESTION: Last July, neighbors and I were evacuated from our homes because a young man named Marcus Kiplinger had 6 pounds of C4 in his garage. I haven't read anything about it since the initial news reports. Can you please find out if he was charged with anything and, if so, whether he was found guilty, sentenced, etc.?
Submitted by: Chelsea, Sacramento
ANSWER: Marcus Jerome Kiplinger, 28, was arrested July 1, 2012 after plastic explosives were found at his Arden Arcade home.
He pleaded no contest in February to a felony charge of possessing a destructive device, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records. He was sentenced to 90 days in a sheriff's work project and five years of supervised probation.
According to a story in The Bee, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies were called to Kiplinger's home in the 3100 block of Bakula Way about 7 p.m. regarding a family disturbance. The caller told dispatchers that a man in the home had explosive material.
When deputies arrived, Kiplinger was outside. Another resident gave permission to search the home, and deputies found a gray material the consistency of clay in the garage.
Suspecting it was some sort of explosive, deputies sent family members out of the residence and called in the sheriff's bomb squad. Neighbors within 300 feet also were evacuated.
Bomb experts determined that the material was C4 explosive. Although it was safe in the form it was found, authorities said additional items capable of detonating the C4 were found at the scene.
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