SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The mastermind of the bombing of the federal courthouse in San Diego three years ago was convicted Monday of 10 charges, including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Donny Love, a former city of San Diego employee, faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Nov. 14.
Jurors deliberated a little more than half a day before finding Love guilty of conspiracy, use of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of pipe bombs, use of a destructive device in the commission of a felony and obstruction of justice.
Prosecutors said it was Love, 44, who instructed two women, Rachelle Carlock and Ella Louise Sanders, to buy explosive powder and steal bomb-making materials.
On the night of the courthouse bombing -- May 4, 2008 -- Carlock and Eric Reginald Robinson drove from Love's residence in Menifee to San Diego with a backpack containing three pipe bombs, and Carlock detonated the bombs at the front door of the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Courthouse, according to testimony at the two-week trial.
At the time of the bombing, Love was in dire financial straits and faced significant time behind bars stemming from two pending state criminal cases, prosecutors said.
The evidence presented at the trial showed that Love directed the bombing so he could cash in on $75,000 in reward money by telling authorities about Carlock's involvement in the crime.
By providing the information, Love also hoped to get a break on his pending state charges, prosecutors said.
Carlock, Sanders and Robinson pleaded guilty at earlier hearings and are scheduled to be sentenced later this month.
Although fire crews appeared to be making major progress Tuesday on the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with a series of evacuation orders lifted, a large flare-up near Westlake Village served as a reminder that the battle was far from over.
The prosecution is presenting its case on Tuesday against a man accused in the death of an elderly woman.
Six rural school districts as well as two schools in San Diego County's eastern region were closed Tuesday and around 30,000 San Diego Gas & Electric customers were without power because of powerful Santa Ana winds and elevated risk of wildfires.
Sandra Younger, Cedar Fire survivor and author of “The Fire Outside My Window,” knows first-hand how to be ready for emergency evacuations and transform disasters into opportunities.
An event taking place the day before Thanksgiving will help feed between 300 to 500 homeless and low income San Diegans.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will shut down several lanes of traffic beginning Tuesday morning at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry to install equipment in preparation for the arrival of the migrant caravan, the agency said.
Police on Tuesday were searching for a man suspected of robbing a smoothie bar at gunpoint in Mira Mesa.
Santa Ana winds continue Tuesday, weakening Wednesday through Thursday. Very dry and gusty conditions will continue to bring elevated fire risk through Wednesday.