Man who placed explosive near local NAACP pleads guilty

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  The Colorado Springs man, who was accused of placing an improvised explosive device at Colorado Springs building that housed the local NAACP chapter in January, pleaded guilty on Monday.

Thaddeus Cheyenne Murphy, age 44, pleaded guilty of damage to a building by means of fire and explosion and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a statement from U.S. District Attorney John Walsh.

Murphy faces between 5 to 20 years in federal prison for arson of a building and at most 10 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The maximum fine could be $250,000 for each of the two counts, DA Walsh said.

U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez is scheduled to sentence Murphy on Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.

On January 2, the bomb went off at 10:45 a.m. outside a building that housed Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios and the NAACP.  The building is located at 602 S. El Paso St. in Colorado Springs.

There were no injuries and “only minimal surface charring to the exterior wall of the building,” according to the FBI.

Through investigation, agents found surveillance video from a home nearby that showed a white Ford truck with a black hood driving by the building before and after the time of the explosion. DA Walsh also stated that, the described truck was later found parked at Murphy’s home.

Investigators also found that the defendant matched the description of the suspect given by witnesses.

DA Walsh also noted that, Murphy had previously been convicted of two felony thefts.