Paramedic who responded to West plant blast sentenced on pipe bomb charge

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 6:35pm

A paramedic who responded to a horrific, deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas -- and who later spoke at a memorial for its victims -- was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for conspiring to make a pipe bomb, a prosecutor's office said.

Bryce Reed pleaded guilty earlier this fall to conspiracy to possess an unregistered destructive device and attempted obstruction of justice.

Reed, 31, was sentenced on those charges Wednesday afternoon in Waco, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas. He will be subject to three years of supervised release after getting out of prison and must pay a $2,000 fine.

Reed was among the emergency workers who responded to an ammonium nitrate explosion that killed 15 people -- most of them firefighters and paramedics -- and devastated West, a town about 20 miles north of Waco and 75 miles south of Dallas. He was vocal afterward as well, speaking to reporters and at a memorial service at Baylor University for the blast's victims.

In a previous statement, Reed's lawyers stressed that neither the charges nor the resulting plea agreement "have anything to do with the tragic explosion."

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