VISTA (CNS) - A man who kept explosives and converted fireworks into bombs at his Escondido home was sentenced Monday to five years probation and 180 days in custody.
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.
Hinkel will be allowed to do his time behind bars in a work furlough program and will report for custody on Jan. 3.
Vista Superior court Judge Daniel Goldstein stayed a three-year state prison sentence, which will remain suspended unless the defendant violates terms of his probation.
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.
The Bomb/Arson Unit from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department confiscated the explosives and guns.
At the time of the plea, prosecutors said there was no evidence that Hinkel intended to hurt anyone with the devices he made, but that he posed a safety risk.
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