HAMMOND, Ind. (AP)
- A grand jury indicted a northwestern Indiana man on five charges stemming
from a pipe bomb explosion at a post office, U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch
II announced Thursday.
The grand jury
indicted Eric P. Krieg, 45, of Munster, on charges of making an unregistered
destructive device, mailing a destructive device, malicious use of explosive
materials, possessing a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of
violence, and mailing a threatening communication.
Krieg is accused of
mailing a package at the East Chicago post office that exploded Sept. 6,
injuring a postal worker. The package was addressed to an attorney who
represented an individual whom Krieg agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a
lawsuit, Kirsch’s office said in a new release.
Krieg also is
accused of mailing a suspicious package to another person on Sept. 29.
use dangerous, explosive devices as the means to commit or attempt to commit
violent acts, those individuals will be held accountable for their actions,”
Kirsch said in a statement.
magistrate last month ordered Krieg, a former BP engineer and occasional
political candidate, to remain jailed until trial.
Krieg is scheduled
to appear Nov. 20 at an arraignment in U.S. District Court in Hammond.