A Glasgow man on probation for marijuana possession tried to firebomb a state office to destroy evidence from his urine sample, according to federal and state authorities.
Lamar D. Howard, 19, is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device, attempted arson and use of a destructive device in a crime of violence, a court document said.
Howard and a juvenile made Molotov cocktails by putting gasoline from two lawn mowers into two empty gin bottles and using socks as wicks, according to a sworn statement by an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Howard was on probation for state misdemeanor offenses, but now faces up to 20 years in prison on the arson charge, the Kentucky Department of Corrections said in a news release.
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Howard was convicted last year of marijuana possession and driving while impaired. He had to take drug tests as part of his probation.
On Feb. 9, Jason Alexander, a probation and parole officer, told Howard his urine sample was positive for marijuana and that there would be a hearing to revoke his probation, according to the statement by Kevin A. Cruce, an ATF agent.
The next night, Howard and the juvenile made the explosive device, Cruce said the juvenile told him.
Howard said the juvenile made the Molotov cocktails and threw them at the probation office. The juvenile, however, said bombing the office was Howard's idea; that Howard made the bombs with his help; and that they each threw one at the building, Cruce said.
The two actually tried twice to burn the office, Cruce said.
On the first trip, the juvenile said, Howard quickly threw a lit firebomb at the probation and parole office, but they left before tossing the second bomb because Howard was worried they'd been there too long, according to Cruce's statement.
The juvenile said he threw their second bomb into a field. On the drive back by the probation office they saw it wasn't burning, so they went home and made another bomb using a whiskey bottle, Cruce said.
The juvenile said he threw that firebomb into the building, Cruce said.
One of the bombs burned the front of the building. The other crashed into the office through a window, but didn't fully ignite, Cruce said.
Howard is in custody.