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Webster man gets 11 years for setting off bombs in Rochester apartment building

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A Webster man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after being found guilty to weapon charges for an incident in Rochester where police said he tried to burn down an apartment building he owned.

Eric Reynolds will serve 11 years behind bars for criminal possession of a weapon related to the bomb case.

On May 15, 2017, police and firefighters were called to a condemned apartment building on Ridgeway Avenue for reports of a strong odor of gasoline.

Inside the building, firefighters found four explosive devices and evidence of two others that had detonated.

While the bomb squad worked to safely remove the devices from the building, police said Reynolds, the building’s owner, showed up to the scene and was acting weird.

In part due to Reynolds’ strange behavior, officers got warrants to search his home. There they found roughly 20 gallons of acids and other corrosives in Reynolds’ home in Webster.

“Eric Reynolds risked the lives of countless members of this community when he chose to line his property with explosive devices,” said District Attorney Sandra Doorley in a news release. “Thanks to the hard work and collaborative investigation of all of our law enforcement partners, Mr. Reynolds will be spending years thinking about his actions in the New York State Department of Corrections. The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office will not tolerate these types of threats and menacing toward our community.”

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