Local Man Caught With Bombs Seeking Minimal Sentence
By Mike Perleberg
(Columbus, Oh.) – A Moores Hill resident who was caught driving in central Ohio with dozens of homemade explosive devices wants minimal time behind bars.
Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 44, was arrested on New Years Day on Interstate 70 in Madison County. A state trooper who stopped Boguslawski for speeding asked Boguslawski if he was armed, to which Boguslawski answered he was not. The trooper then found a handgun hidden between Boguslawski’s legs.
A search of his vehicle turned up numerous explosives, some equipped with remote detonators. Nine of the devices were capable of causing serious injury or death to a person, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators determined.
Investigators determined Boguslawski was driving back to Indiana after visiting with family in Pennsylvania at the time of his arrest. Videos allegedly showed him allowing his 16-year-old niece to detonate some of the explosives.
Boguslawski reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in April in which he admitted to possessing unregistered explosives. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced August 8.
But a July 3 court filing by Boguslawski’s defense attorney, Steven S. Nolder, has requested Boguslawski be sentenced to time served in jail since his January arrest, plus 18 months of house arrest as a condition of three years supervised release.
“He is not a future threat to society, as he has not committed any acts of violence and fully understands the ramifications of his conduct,” Nolder wrote in the request to U.S. District Court for Southern Ohio Judge James L. Graham.
Nolder pointed to a pre-sentence report by investigators noting that Boguslawski did not have malevolent intentions, but was simply careless.
Boguslawski has lived in Moores Hill since 2007. Since 2010, he worked at Anchor Glass in Greendale, but lost that factory job as a result of his arrest.
He was a former Indiana National Guard maintenance worker at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville for several years. In one of several letters written in Boguslawski’s support, a friend said his job there was a “dream come true” and he “couldn’t be more proud of his career with the U.S. Military.”
Part of Boguslawski’s job at the center was to develop training to better prepare soldiers for training in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nolder said he was valued and trusted for his innovative use of training methodologies, including using ordnance, to provide life-like training experiences for the soldiers.
Boguslawski’s military career, according to Nolder, will likely end with Boguslawski’s being processed out under “other than honorable” conditions, resulting in the loss of his pension and medical benefits.
The U.S. Attorney’s office has not yet filed its sentencing memorandum to Judge Graham.