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Man guilty of making bombs at Escondido home to be sentenced

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VISTA (CNS) - A man who kept explosives and converted fireworks into bombs at his Escondido home is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Richard Hinkel, 46, pleaded guilty last month to possession of a dangerous or deadly weapon -- a felony -- and a misdemeanor charge of possession of fireworks without a permit.

Deputy District Attorney Terri Perez said Hinkel is expected to be given 180 days in jail and probation. If he violates probation terms, he would be imprisoned for three years, she said.

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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