CHICAGO (AP) — There's a verdict at the trial of a former Iowa letter carrier accused of sending dud pipe bombs to investment advisers.
Word from courtroom officials and the U.S. attorney's office of a verdict came just hours after jurors began deliberating Friday.
John Tomkins represented himself during his trial. During closings Thursday, he called himself to testify and apologized for his shaky grasp of the law. He delivered his closing argument in the third person.
He admitted he sent threatening letters and fake bombs in a scheme to boost the values of stocks he owned. But he insisted he designed them so they wouldn't explode.
Tomkins is charged with mailing threatening communications, illegal possession of a destructive device and using a destructive device in connection with a crime of violence.