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Portland man sentenced to six years in prison for bomb explosion

Police went to the Fred Meyer store in May 2016 after being alerted that someone had placed a small pipe bomb in an aisle.

Posted: Jul 16, 2018 2:22 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland man who ignited a pipe bomb in a Fred Meyer store has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

Police went to the southeast Portland store in May 2016 after being alerted that someone had placed a small pipe bomb in an aisle. The bomb detonated shortly before officers arrived. The explosion damaged the aisle, but nobody was hurt.

DNA collected from a piece of electrical tape was matched to Monte Kaija, a convicted felon.

The 47-year-old man was sentenced Monday. He had previously pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered destructive device. He told investigators he detonated the bomb as a diversion so he could shoplift.

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