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Judge Outlines Reasons For Bomb Suspect’s Jailing

Associated Press - December 23, 2013 6:16 pm

The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed the "Hard 50" murder sentence of a Wichita man but refused to rule whether changes made by legislators to the law in 2013 can be applied.

The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed the "Hard 50" murder sentence of a Wichita man but refused to rule whether changes made by legislators to the law in 2013 can be applied.

A federal judge has explained her reasons for continuing to detain a man accused of plotting a suicide bombing at a Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Humphreys issued a written detention order Monday against Terry Lee Loewen following last week’s detention hearing.

The 58-year-old avionics technician is charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempted use of an explosive device to damage property and attempted material support to al-Qaida.

Humphreys wrote that Loewen’s ties to his community and family do not appear strong enough to balance his professed beliefs in violent jihad and martyrdom. She said that he appears to have been radicalized and has expressed hatred of the government.

The judge also cited the nature of the alleged offense and the weight of evidence.

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