Accused Home Depot bomber faces extortion charges
A Deer Park man who already confessed to a $2 million extortion scheme involving the planting of three pipe bombs in Long Island Home Depot stores was indicted Thursday in federal court in Central Islip on charges of extortion, use of a destructive device to commit extortion and use of an explosive to commit extortion, court papers show.
Sheehan said that in October he had planted a pipe bomb in the Huntington Home Depot and said in a letter that he would detonate three such bombs in Home Depot stores unless he was paid the $2 million, officials said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Treinis Gatz, who filed the indictment, declined to comment. Sheehan's attorney could not be reached for comment. No date has been set for an arraignment. If convicted, Sheehan faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years and up to life in prison.