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  • D.A. office bomber could get 15 years

    Deputy D.A. Hoppe also alleges that Huddleston sought to hurt him and his family
  • A 47-year-old White City man faces 15 years in federal prison for his botched bombing of the Jackson County District Attorney's Office in November, an act he had hoped would keep him out of prison for a burglary.
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  • A 47-year-old White City man faces 15 years in federal prison for his botched bombing of the Jackson County District Attorney's Office in November, an act he had hoped would keep him out of prison for a burglary.
    The scheme earned Alan Leroy McVay a week of freedom when the hearing in which he was to accept a three-year prison sentence was rescheduled. But he was arrested on arson charges Nov. 20, one day before that new plea date was set to occur.
    Now, he faces the 15-year sentence after pleading guilty Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Medford to one count of malicious destruction of property by explosion.
    In exchange, McVay had a second count of the same charge dismissed. He also agreed to plead guilty to the burglary and theft charges he tried to avoid by the bombing. His sentence in that case will run concurrent with his federal prison time.
    Sentencing was set for Aug. 18.
    McVay admitted crafting an improvised pipe bomb by filling a carbon dioxide cylinder with gunpowder and taping it to the side of a 7-gallon propane tank. At about 4:30 a.m. Nov. 13, he lit it using a hobby fuse and hurled it through a front window of the district attorney's office at 715 W. 10th St.
    The tank broke the window but got caught in the window's Venetian blinds and fell outside. McVay fled on foot and made it about a block away before the cylinder exploded, breaking nearby windows. But the explosion did not detonate the propane tank, which caught fire.
    While no one was injured, explosives experts said most of the building could have been leveled had the bomb exploded at its full force.
    The office window McVay chose to hurl his bomb through was that of Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe, who was in the midst of prosecuting Bourne Huddleston. Last month, Huddleston was convicted of murdering his wife and attempting to hire three hit men to kill witnesses in his case.
    Hoppe said an inmate also told him that Huddleston was soliciting for someone to hurt the deputy D.A. and his family.
    At the time of McVay's bombing, no one knew whether it was connected to the Huddleston case, Hoppe said Monday outside of court.
    "It's unsettling to have to take your kids out of school and make sure your house is safe," said Hoppe, who attended today's plea hearing but did not speak.
    "We sign up for this," Hoppe said. "My kids didn't sign up for this."
    McVay was originally charged in state court, but those charges were later dropped in lieu of federal charges, clearing up any potential conflict of interest, as the district attorney's staff is considered the victim in the case.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email at mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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