NAACP bombing suspect federally indicted, but not for hate crime
DENVER — The man suspected in the NAACP building bombing in Colorado Springs in Jan. was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on Monday.
Thaddeus Cheyenne Murphy, 44, will appear in court on Wednesday morning.
The alleged indictment claims on one count, he maliciously damaged and destroyed or attempted to destroy, by fire and an explosive, a building located at 603 South El Paso Street in Colorado Springs, and this property is used in interstate or foreign commerce, a news release from the District Attorney said.
If convicted of this count, Murphy faces between 5 – 20 years in federal prison and a maximum of $250,000 fine.
Murphy faces another county of a felony offense knowingly possessed firearms, which is punishable of up to 10 years in prison and an additional $250,000 fine.
These counts exclude the charge of a hate crime because Murphy told investigators the NAACP was not he target of the bombing.
Instead, he said was targeting a tax preparation company in the same building.
The investigation into Murphy’s motive of the bombing is ongoing, according the district attorney’s office.