A 21-year-old man Bradenton who pleaded guilty to making a bomb as part of a murder-for-hire plot was sentenced today to 87 months in federal prison.
John Nicholas Coors was arrested in April during a sting run by undercover officers, and in August plead guilty to a charge of using the U.S. Mail as part of the plot.
"During a number of meetings with a confidential source and an undercover officer, Coors agreed to build an explosive device, install it inside of a vehicle and detonate the same in order to kill a person," states a news release from the U.S. attorney's office in Tampa.
On April 23, the undercover officer picked up Coors and the two went to a location where Coors assembled a bomb and demonstrated how it was suppose to work, according to the news release. Once the bomb was ready, Coors and the officer went to the supposed victim's vehicle.
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Coors broke into the vehicle and planted the device. After rejoining the officer, Coors repeatedly pressed the button on a triggering device, but the bomb did not detonate because an inert material had been used instead of real explosives, according to prosecutors.
Coors was arrested shortly afterward.
Federal, state and local agencies cooperated in the investigation, including the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, sheriff's offices in Manatee and Hillsborough counties and the Tampa Police Department.