VISTA (CNS) - A man who kept explosives and converted fireworks into bombs at his Escondido home pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of a dangerous or deadly weapon -- a felony -- and a misdemeanor charge of possession of fireworks without a permit.
Richard Hinkel, 46, is expected to be sentenced on Nov. 21 to 180 days in jail and probation, said Deputy District Attorney Terri Perez. She said a three-year prison term will be stayed, but would be imposed if Hinkel violates probation over the next five years.
Hinkel will also be prohibited from possessing fireworks and must complete alcohol and mental health treatment if directed during his probation, Perez said.
The defendant was arrested about 5 a.m. last Nov. 28 after he was heard screaming in his backyard in the 2300 block of Country View Glen. Officers who went to investigate found numerous explosive devices, including five pipe bombs, fireworks, along with a dozen rifles and 10 handguns, police said.
The Bomb/Arson Unit from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department confiscated the explosives and guns. Perez said there was no reason to have the explosives other than to blow up things.
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