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Accused Home Depot bomber faces extortion charges

Home Depot store on New York Avenue where

Home Depot store on New York Avenue where an explosive device was left inside of the store. (Oct. 17, 2012) Credit: James Carbone

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.

Daniel Sheehan, 50, of Deer Park, admitted to the plot when he was arrested in November following a joint investigation by the FBI, Suffolk County police and the Suffolk district attorney's office.

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.

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