Burleson Would-Be Bomber Gets 14 Years For Weapons, Child Porn Offences

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A Burleson man who possessed a homemade bomb and idolized the Columbine High School murderers was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

What occurred?

Noah Robert Calderon, 22, was charged in April by criminal complaint and indicted in May. After entering a guilty plea in July to one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing an unlicensed weapon, he was sentenced on November 3.

“There is no greater example of the Justice Department’s, and our U.S. Attorney’s Office’s, commitment to protecting the public—including protecting the children in our community—than our efforts in this case,” Leigha Simonton, the U.S. Attorney’s

U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor additionally sentenced him to 30 years of supervised release.

The FBI initiated an investigation on Calderon after receiving a tip about his social media activities in October 2022. Calderon claimed to be attracted by high-profile mass shootings online, notably the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, according to court records.

Explosives Made at Home

According to accounts, he posted several photos of himself holding AR-15-style rifles while wearing tactical vests. According to a news release with the US Attorney’s Office, he allegedly shared memes with the theme “Columbine” and images of homemade explosives.

In March 2023, the FBI was told once more that Calderon had detonated a homemade bomb in his neighborhood. He then admitted to acquiring explosive precursors online. He also allegedly admitted to having 659.2 grams of explosive powder in his garage, as well as a funnel, measuring spoons, cardboard tubing, a lighter, a cannon fuse, and a glass jar labeled “frag” containing lead and metal ball bearings.

“When they saw suspicious behavior, the community responded by reporting it, and today’s sentencing is a shared success with them.” According to Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Chad Yarbrough, “the information shared with law enforcement exhibited a distinctive pathway to further violence, which was ultimately thwarted by law enforcement and led to multiple federal charges.”

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