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Suspected Firebomber To Face Additional Charges

October 4, 2018

Suspected Firebomber To Face Additional Charges

A federal grand jury this week indicted a Plains Twp. man on additional charges related to a firebombing at the Wilkes-Barre office of Luzerne County Children and Youth Services last year.

Philip W. Finn Jr., 48, already faced charges of stalking, making threatening interstate communications and causing malicious damage to federal property by fire, based on a previous indictment.

Authorities allege that Finn hurled three incendiary devices into the Children and Youth office on North Pennsylvania Avenue on March 6, 2017, since he blamed the agency for separating him from his daughter.

On Tuesday, a grand jury seated in Scranton indicted Finn on a charge of use of fire to commit a felony, as well as additional counts of malicious damage to federal property by fire, stalking and making threatening interstate communications.

The damage to federal property charge is based on the fact that Children and Youth receives federal assistance, according to the indictment.

Finn verbally threatened two Children and Youth employees on March 3, 2017, referencing an assault rifle he owned, the indictment states. He also sent threatening emails to a caseworker on each of the next two days, as well as a threatening Facebook message to the ex-husband of one of the employees, according to the indictment.

One of the emails included the phrases “it won’t be quick,” “it won’t be painless” and “it won’t be in vain,” the indictment states.

Finn faces a possible sentence of life in prison, if convicted on all charges and given the maximum sentence for each charge, according to the U. S. Department of Justice. 

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