Last of Four Sentences Handed Down in Trumbull County Explosives & Firearms Case

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Last of Four Sentences Handed Down in Trumbull County Explosives & Firearms Case

Ohio – -(AmmoLand.com)- Four Trumbull County men convicted in an ATF investigation have been sentenced in federal court.

Donald Paul Phillips, age 28 of Mineral Ridge, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for two counts relating to the illegal manufacture and distribution of explosives, and one count of possessing firearms after a domestic violence conviction.

Andrew Syacsure, age 31 of Niles, was sentenced to 4 months of home detention and 3 years of probation for one count of conspiring to manufacture and distribute explosives.

Zachary Booth, age 30 of Warren, was sentenced to 3 years of supervised probation for one count of distributing explosives without an ATF license.

And Donald Roger Phillips, age 50 of Mineral Ridge, was sentenced to 5 months of home detention, 3 years of probation, and a $1,000 fine for one count of possessing a firearm after a domestic violence conviction.  All four defendants pled guilty.

According to court records:

In early 2019, ATF agents learned that Zachary Booth was offering to sell homemade explosive devices.  ATF agents began an undercover operation and purchased 11 homemade explosive devices from Booth.  The devices appeared similar to large M-80 fireworks, but contained hundreds of times more flash powder than consumer ground fireworks.

After further investigation, the ATF learned that Booth had obtained the explosive devices from Donald Paul Phillips.  ATF agents then used an undercover agent to make multiple purchases of the devices from Donald Paul Phillips outside his workplace in Niles.

On May 2, 2019, ATF agents arrested Donald Paul Phillips at his workplace in Niles and found a handgun in his toolbox.  Phillips was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to two prior convictions for domestic violence.

Law enforcement also executed a search warrant at Donald Paul Phillips' residence in Mineral Ridge, where he lived with his father (Donald Roger Phillips) and step-mother.  During the search warrant, law enforcement found another handgun under Donald Paul Phillips' bed, and over a dozen firearms in a gun storage room immediately adjacent to his bedroom.  The firearms discovered in the gun storage room included multiple high-capacity magazines and a device that was later determined to be a silencer.  Law enforcement also found more than 500 homemade explosive devices in the breezeway of the home, and a loaded shotgun in Donald Roger Phillips's bedroom closet.  Donald Roger Phillips was also prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to a prior domestic violence conviction.

ATF agents then conducted a search of Syacsure's home in Niles, and found evidence of explosives manufacturing in Syacusre's basement, which included workbenches, tubs of ingredients used to make flash powder, and empty cardboard fuses and tubes.

In total, the ATF seized over 900 homemade explosive devices and over a dozen illegally possessed firearms during the investigation.

The case was investigated by the ATF, with assistance from the Niles Police Department, the Weathersfield Police Department, and members of the Youngstown Bomb Squad.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Lewis.

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( ATF )Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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RoyD
RoyD
8 months ago

Just some random thoughts about this story. Being 64 I fondly remember buying hundreds of “real deal” M-80s, Silver Salutes, and Cherry Bombs every fourth of July until 1972 when the State of Alaska made it illegal. One of the reasons given for that decision was a boy in Fairbanks blew himself in half when all the explosives he had stuffed in his front pants pockets went up at once due to his inability to maintain proper fire control. My parents bought a house in ’67 that had a bus sitting next to it. It was an old bus that… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
8 months ago

The important part of this article is what it reveals about BATFE methods. Why did these people sell anything to someone that was not personally known to them? Why did they sell more than once? Why did they keep the evidence in their houses, bedrooms, and closets?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
8 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

, Americans used to be known, world wide, for having moxie. Now, there is more moxie at the local dog pound than the local high school.

3l120
3l120
8 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

I think part of it was because the suspect did not think what he was doing was illegal. Want to buy a “ really big M-80?” Sounds likefelon6 s57pidity to me, although his past domestic+ violence does not speak well of his brilliance.

Bubb
Bubb
8 months ago

Look at the evidence and look at the sentences…something doesn’t line up. Pleading down serious gun and explosives charges to avoid a court case…ATF, Prosecutors, DAs are all to blame for the revolving door of bad guys and bad gun/explosives behavior!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
8 months ago
Reply to  Bubb

@Bubb, These guy were bad guys only because of unconstitutional, malum prohibitum statutes. Doesn’t that put things in a different light!

Jeffersonian
8 months ago

Ammoland, stop posting press releases from state-sponsored terrorists.

Arny
Arny
8 months ago
Reply to  Jeffersonian

If they didn’t post it would you have known otherwise ? I wouldn’t know they abused someones rights. I wonder what they did with the firearms ? I bet they have one hell of a collection at home. But then it is legal for them, Shouldn’t they be charged for purchasing explosives ? “ATF agents then used an undercover agent to make Multiple purchases of the devices from Donald Paul Phillips outside his workplace in Niles.”

MS-Steve
MS-Steve
8 months ago

All I got out of this article was….. these cowards liked beating up their wifes / girlfriends…. and were jailed for having had / made some powerful fireworks.

Tionico
Tionico
8 months ago
Reply to  MS-Steve

these cowards liked beating up their wifes / girlfriends “domestic villence”also includes screaming sessions, even when started by the female half of the pair. When the coppers are called out to a DV report, they ALWAYS have to haul someone away, and that is by habit and custom the male. Some females are absolute champions at knowing what to say and HOW to say it to “punch his buttons” and make him go off, as well. It is very rare the female half of the pair ever has legal action taken against her. Once more we have an account of… Read more »

Torn
Torn
8 months ago
Reply to  Tionico

Oh I don’t know about that! I’ve arrested more than 1 female in DV cases.

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
8 months ago
Reply to  MS-Steve

And yet it is perfectly legal to buy a crap load of tannerite and have fun blowing up old cars, refrigerators, and trees. The BATF is nothing but a worthless rogue agency that makes the rules as they go along.

3l120
3l120
8 months ago
Reply to  Rattlerjake

I am missing the connection. 20 years ago I retired from law enforcement in L.A., but before I left SoCal I lived in Chino Hills. One New Years I climbed hill and counted 14 fires started by fireworks. I would wager most of those were from illegal fireworks. Tannerite is much more likely to be used in a responsible manner (usually).

Some guy
Some guy
8 months ago

So some people did something, right? America is so much safer now without a few fireworks…… What complete bullshit.

3l120
3l120
8 months ago
Reply to  Some guy

Ask your local F.D.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
8 months ago

I feel so much safer now. Especially since the agency behind the Waco incident and the Ruby Ridge incident has come to my rescue.

JPM
JPM
8 months ago

More BATF B.S.! None of these cases should have resulted in any involvement of the BATF or law enforcement. This isn’t prosecution of any real crimes, it’s prosecution of potential crimes based upon BATF rules that they made up and were “legitimized” by application of Administrative law, which is unconstitutional. The last time I looked, until you actually committed a crime resulting in injury or death, thinking about, talking about or possessing anything that could be construed as having “potential” isn’t a criminal act. Screw the BATF and shame on Ammoland for acting as the BATF’s Shill for posting their… Read more »

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
8 months ago
Reply to  JPM

A crime must have a victim!

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
8 months ago

“The RIGHT of the people to keep and bear arms shall NOT BE INFRINGED.” That is easy enough for a grade school kid to understand. A few years ago my neighbor’s kid took a M-80 to school. He loaned it to his friend who set it off. He was charged and convicted as a terrorist. That is just not right, that is government run amuck. That is a school, officer, lawyer and judge aggrandizing themselves at the expense of a kid. That is tyranny under the color of law. The 2A refers to American citizens as militia. This infers the… Read more »

Vanns40
Vanns40
8 months ago

Government simply demands that it involve itself in every nook and cranny of our lives. We should simply demand it doesn’t.

Tionico
Tionico
8 months ago
Reply to  Vanns40

and THAT is precisely WHY those seventy men were waiting on the Commons at Lexington as the Regulars marched up and demanded they LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS and disperse. One of those seventy, when asked some forty years later, WHY were you men out that morning? His response is devastating to the present government we have:
“they had a mind that they would tell us how we should live, and we had a mind that they wiouldn’t”.

There it is, folks, And HE was there…..

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
8 months ago
Reply to  Vanns40

The biggest problem is that the majority of the population, including MOST conservatives, insist on letting the government (federal,state, and local) to get away with these illegal/unconstitutional prohibitions because they are too intimidated, too chickenshiit, too lazy, or too cheap to fight back. There is nothing to bitch about when you fail to do your part to support and uphold the Constitution and our God-given rights.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
8 months ago

Maybe they just wanted to blow up ferrel pigs in Texas.

Some guy
Some guy
8 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Or celebrate 4th of July……

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
8 months ago

Sums it up

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
8 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Two points that are NOT mentioned — 1) “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”, does NOT mean that the governed can consent to a law that violates the rights of any individual. And 2) “when the government violates the law”, should actually be when the government creates fake law that violates the peoples rights.

http://takebackthepower.us/Not-Laws.html

Arizona Don
Arizona Don
8 months ago

As did I take such an oath. It never expires and even through I am much older now I will still live up to my oath if the need arises.

Very good Bill. Thank you.