BRADENTON -- A Bradenton man was indicted Thursday on federal charges of arson and firearms possession by a convicted felon, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Henry Blain Howard, 47, was in possession of an unregistered destructive device on June 20, which he used to burn two vehicles, according to the indictment.
Authorities searched Howard's home on Oct. 7 and found two rifles and several rounds of ammunition, according to a release. Howard was a convicted felon at the time and therefore could not posses firearms or ammunition under federal law.
If convicted on all counts, Howard faces a mandatory minimum term of 50 years in federal prison.
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This case was jointly investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlton C. Gammons.