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Judge Outlines Reasons For Bomb Suspect’s Jailing

Associated Press - December 23, 2013 6:16 pm

The last of five defendants in the death of a Pittsburg State University student has been sentenced.

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.