'Bomb factory' defendant to be sentenced in San Diego, faces 30 years in prison
An unemployed software consultant accused of stockpiling explosives in a "bomb factory" in a rental house in northern San Diego County is to be sentenced in federal court Monday.
Under a plea bargain, George Djura Jakubec, 55, admitted to bank-robbery allegations in exchange for having bomb-making charges dropped. The agreement with prosecutors, if accepted by the judge, carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 30 years.
Although the bomb-making charges are to be dropped, Jakubec has admitted that he kept explosives in a home he rented just outside the Escondido city limits. At the home on Via Scott, investigators found nine detonators, 13 grenade hulls and 22 other explosive-device materials, according to court documents.
Jakubec's estranged wife has told reporters that her husband suffered from mental problems that were aggravated by financial difficulties.
Jakubec was arrested Nov. 18 after a landscaper was injured by an explosion in the home's backyard. Officials ordered the home destroyed by a controlled burn on Dec. 9.
As part of his plea bargain, Jakubec has agreed to pay $600,000 restitution to the owner of the house and to the landscaper. He has remained in custody pending Monday's session in federal court in downtown San Diego.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: The Escondido-area house where officials found bomb-making materials. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times