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Ex-GOP candidate pleads guilty to mailing a pipe bomb to attorney — and injuring a pregnant postal worker

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A right-wing blogger and GOP candidate pleaded guilty to mailing a pipe bomb to an attorney that detonated and injured a pregnant postal worker.

HuffPost reported that Eric Kriig, a 46-year-old Indiana man, took a plea deal that will land him 29 years in prison for sending the pipe bomb intended for an attorney who filed a defamation lawsuit against him and, as a result, injuring the postal worker in East Chicago, Indiana.

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“Krieg had also mailed a package that included a bullet and a threatening message to another victim who had mocked Krieg in online forums,” the report noted.

A former BP engineer who lost a Republican primary for Lake County Council in 2011 and ran for Lake Co. surveyor in 2012, the former blogger who wrote under the name “buzzcut” will plead guilty to four counts related to the creation and mailing of a “destructive device” and the “malicious use” of explosives.

Krieg said in his plea deal that he had to file for bankruptcy after a person sued him for statements he posted about them on his blog, “Blue County in a Red State.” He also admitted that he had to pay the client of the attorney to whom he mailed the pipe bomb $45,000 due to defamatory statements he made.

“In retaliation for the filing and settling of this lawsuit and other grudges I held, I devised a plan to construct and mail a pipe bomb that I hoped and believed would kill or injure” Krieg wrote in the plea deal. “I constructed his pipe bomb and knew that it contained explosives and items that would produce shrapnel.”

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