Plea deal reached in another case

A man has pleaded no contest to his involvement in pipe bomb explosions in Leavenworth, a prosecution official said.

Joseph L. Dickey, 26, Leavenworth, entered the plea Friday in Leavenworth County District Court. He pleaded no contest to two counts of criminal use of explosives. Charges of arson were dismissed, Assistant County Attorney Shawn Boyd said.

The charges stemmed from April 18 and May 3 incidents in which vehicles were damaged in Leavenworth by explosives.

Dickey did not detonate the devices. But during the April 18 incident, he drove someone to the scene, and that person detonated the bomb. During the May 3 incident, Dickey drove someone to the scene and gave the person a pipe bomb.

Sentencing for Dickey is scheduled for Sept. 14.

As part of a plea agreement, there will be a recommendation for an aggravated sentence. Boyd believes this would be a 47-month sentence, but it will be determined by the defendant's criminal history.

Another defendant, Amber Wood, is charged with criminal use of explosives and arson in connection to the May 3 incident. She is scheduled to be in court Aug. 26 for a preliminary hearing.

A third defendant, Simon N. Pohl, is facing an explosive charge in Leavenworth County District Court.

Pohl, 32, St. Joseph, Missouri, is charged with with criminal use of explosives and possession of methamphetamine.

These crimes are alleged to have occurred April 19 in Leavenworth.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the charges stem from the search of a backpack in which suspected drugs and an explosive were found.

Pohl also appeared in court Friday for what had been scheduled as a preliminary hearing.

Boyd said a plea agreement had been reached in Pohl's case as well.

Boyd said Pohl will be entering a plea to both counts, and prosecutors had agreed to not file additional charges.

Pohl waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His attorney, Elaine Halley, asked the judge if he wanted to have the plea agreement in writing before proceeding with the arraignment.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby said he prefers to have plea agreements in writing. But in some cases, a defendant can proceed with arraignment without a written plea agreement.

Sundby said it probably would be in Pohl's best interest to have the agreement in writing.

Arraignment in the case was scheduled for Aug. 26. Pohl will be asked to enter his plea at that time.

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