Man gets over 3-year sentence for having explosive device

July 19, 2022 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to over three years in federal prison for possession of an improvised explosive device.

Ryan Cortina, 34, of Somersworth, pleaded guilty in April in a plea agreement with prosecutors. He was sentenced in federal court on Monday.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Somersworth police received information from a confidential informant that Cortina had destructive devices at his home and showed him a “grenade” that he had built.

Officers executed a search warrant at his home and found five suspected destructive devices in a duffle bag, including an improvised explosive device.

“Thanks to good police work, law enforcement officers were able to secure the potentially-deadly device and prevent individuals from being harmed,” U.S. Attorney Jane Young of New Hampshire said in a statement.

An email seeking comment was sent to Cortina’s lawyer.