Bomb Mailer Charged
Federal authorities have charged Ross Gordon Laverty with mailing an explosive device with intent to kill. Laverty was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero in San Francisco last Thursday. Court papers revealed that the 56-year-old Oakland man allegedly mailed bombs to a home in East Palo Alto on Oct. 19, and to an Alameda address on Nov. 24. Both bombs exploded.
Laverty is currently only charged with mailing the bomb to the East Palo Alto address. However, in court papers, postal inspectors revealed striking similarities between the two bombs. These include the use of a nickel coin in both, along with similar copper pipe and fishing line. The packaging was also similar in each bomb with the wrapping spray painted in gold. The return address on the Alameda bomb was of a Berkeley jewelry store that closed in 2014.
Spero scheduled a detention hearing for today, Dec. 28. At that hearing, Spero will determine if federal authorities can detain Laverty without bond while he awaits trial. If convicted, Laverty faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.