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Resident of San Diego County 'bomb house' pleads guilty, faces 30 years in prison

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A 54-year-old Escondido-area man admitted in federal court Monday that he made a wide variety of explosives and kept them in his rented home, and also that he used a firearm in two bank robberies.

George Djura Jakubec faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison on the bank robbery charges, according to U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy.

Jakubec, a Serbian emigre and unemployed software consultant, was arrested Nov. 18 after a gardener was injured in a backyard explosion at the home on Via Scott just outside the city limits of Escondido in northern San Diego County.

County authorities later determined that the explosives were too volatile to remove safely; the home was destroyed in a controlled burn Dec. 9.

No motive for the bomb-making is suggested in the plea agreement between prosecutors and Jakubec's attorney. But Jakubec's estranged wife had told reporters that her husband was mentally unstable.

Under the plea bargain, no additional prison time will be requested beyond the 30 years for the bank robberies. The bomb charges will be dropped when Jakubeci is sentenced.

Sentencing is set for June 13 in federal court. As part of the plea, Jakubec agreed to pay $541,000 to the county government -- the cost of the controlled burn -- and $54,892 to Bank of America, the amount taken in the two robberies.

"Jakubec will be held accountable for his actions and for placing the community of Escondido at risk," said John Torres, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Among the explosives were blasting caps and parts of grenades. Chemicals similar to those used by Al Qaeda terrorists were also found.

There was no evidence that Jakubec used the homemade arsenal in any crimes. Jakubec has remained in federal prison since his arrest.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Bomb house on fire. Credit: Fox 5 San Diego

 
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