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Wheatfield: O'Neill pleads not guilty

Fri, Aug 21st 2015 10:50 am

Michael O'Neill, the Wheatfield man charged in a blast that injured him July 21, made his first appearance Wednesday in federal court.

O'Neill, whose leg was amputated and who now relies on a wheelchair, pleaded not guilty to two counts of unlawfully making and possessing a destructive device. He was indicted on the charges last week.

Opening arguments in his trial have been set for Dec. 23. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

The charges stem from the July 21 incident in which O'Neill was injured while allegedly constructing an explosive device in the garage at his home at 6761 Walmore Road. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Erie County Bomb Squad found what appeared to be an area where explosives were being manufactured, explosive powder and BBs, what appeared to be seven improvised explosive devices and other items.

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