Court dismisses appeal in Fort Riley bombing case


A federal appeals court has refused to hear the appeal of a Topeka man who tried to set off what he thought was a bomb at Fort Riley in 2015 to support the Islamic State, according to a report by the Associated Press.

John T. Booker


A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed on Tuesday the appeal filed by John T. Booker, Jr., challenging some conditions of his supervised release. It ruled the Booker had waived his appeal rights in his plea deal.

Booker was sentenced in July to 30 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to one count each of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to destroy government property with an explosive.

He was arrested in 2015 outside Fort Riley. The bomb he constructed was made with inert materials and two men working with him were undercover informants for the FBI.

The FBI began investigating Booker in March 2014 after he posted on his Facebook page that he wanted to commit jihad.


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