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Kansas Vet in Grenades Case Spared More Prison Time

Associated Press - October 28, 2013 7:31 pm

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A federal judge in Wichita spared a survivalist any more prison time after his attorney argued the man created explosive devices for defense, not for a possible attack.

Alfred Dutton, of Eureka, was sentenced Monday to time served for unlawful possession of unregistered explosive devices.

The veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines was convicted in July of having grenades and parts to make destructive devices.

Dutton was initially charged with one count for the grenades and another count for jars of homemade napalm. He pleaded guilty to the napalm count in a deal where prosecutors withdrew the grenades count. But an appeals court overturned the conviction after Dutton had already served 17 months.

Prosecutors then filed a new indictment charging him with possessing the grenades.

Fred Hanson

October 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

I believe our justice system needs to be changed with what prosecutors can and cannot do in a case such as this. They already have more leway in what they do. Many years ago prosecutors were more professional but today they are not an many times file false cases or keep trying someone over and over. Time they had one shot at it an if there is a hung jury that ends the matter once in for all.

Bob Bowser

October 29, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Exactly Fred, how many times can prosecutors continue to trump up new charges after they fail at proving prior ones. Eventually they should expect to convince a judge or jury of something… and all at TaxPayers’ expense, and the expense of the defendant… ruining him or her financially.
“Double-indemnity” needs to be broadened.

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