Former Medic Makes Plea Deal in Texas Plant Explosion

Reed was accused of unlawfully possessing a destructive device but not having a role in the blast

 

 
 
 

NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | | Thursday, October 10, 2013

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WACO, Texas (AP) — A former Texas paramedic who was among the most vocal first responders in a deadly fertilizer plant blast pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges that he collected materials for a pipe bomb.

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In a deal with prosecutors, Bryce Ashley Reed pleaded guilty in federal court in Waco to one count of conspiracy to make a destructive device and another count of attempting to obstruct justice, according to court documents. The agreement heads off an Oct. 15 trial for Reed.

The 31-year-old former West paramedic was never linked by authorities to any criminal responsibility for the April 17 blast in his close-knit hometown where he is well-known. The explosion at West Fertilizer Co. killed 15 people, including 10 first responders and two others volunteering to fight an initial fire.

But his arrest and the allegations leveled by federal authorities shook West. In the days immediately after the blast, he told victims' families and residents that they were safe and offered information about what had happened, even as federal and state authorities declined to answer many questions and other first responders clammed up.

Days after his May 9 arrest, it came out that Reed had been dismissed from his volunteer position as a West firefighter. The family of a firefighter who died in the blast, Cyrus Reed, would disavow Bryce Reed's claims — in interviews and at a public memorial — that the two men were like brothers, either in blood or in friendship.

A criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives accused Reed of giving a metal pipe, chemical powders and other materials to an unknown person who contacted authorities.

The federal arrest prompted state and local authorities to open their own criminal investigation. But neither federal nor state authorities have accused anyone of committing a crime related to the explosion.

The Texas State Fire Marshal and the ATF declared the cause of the blast as "undetermined" one month after it happened. They said they could narrow the number of possible causes to three: a problem with an electrical system, a battery-powered golf cart and a criminal act.

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This Thursday, April 18, 2013 aerial photo shows the remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas. There were no sprinklers. No firewalls. No water deluge systems. Safety inspections were rare at the fertilizer company in West, Texas, that exploded and killed at least 14 people this week. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, file)


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West resident Jeanette Sulak embraces West Police Chief James Lawhorn at West Drug, the downtown drug store owned by her and her husband Mike, Friday, April 19, 2013 in West, Texas. (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Stuart Villanueva)


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Memorial Service for Victims of Texas Plant Explosion

People attend a service at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Friday, April 19, 2013, two days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed 14 people including numerous members of the West Volunteer Fire Department and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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Memorial Service for Victims of Texas Plant Explosion

Members of the West Volunteer Fire Department listen to a service at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Friday, April 19, 2013, two days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed 14 people including numerous members of the West Volunteer Fire Department and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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Memorial Service for Victims of Texas Plant Explosion

Members of the West Volunteer Fire Department leave the church after attending a service at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Friday, April 19, 2013, two days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed 14 people including numerous members of the West Volunteer Fire Department and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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Memorial Service for Victims of Texas Plant Explosion

Members of the West Volunteer Fire Department gather after attending a service at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Friday, April 19, 2013, two days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed 14 people including numerous members of the West Volunteer Fire Department and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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Members of the West Volunteer Fire Department leave in a firetruck after attending a service at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Friday, April 19, 2013, two days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed 14 people including numerous members of the West Volunteer Fire Department and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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Mandy Jares and her son Zander, age, 10, look through donated clothing Friday, April 19, 2013, as they replace belongings lost when thier home was destroyed in an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Jares lives across a vacant lot from the West Fertilizer plant plant and was outside watching the fire when it exploded Wednesday night killed as many as 15 people and injuring more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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People sit in silence after attending a service at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Friday, April 19, 2013, two days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed 14 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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People comfort each other after attending a service at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption Friday, April 19, 2013, two days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed 14 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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This 2012 photo provided by the Uptmor family shows Buck Uptmor and his wife Arcey. Buck Uptmor was killed in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion. The massive explosion Wednesday night killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Uptmor Family)


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Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes, left, and Trooper Noey Fernandez inform reporters that the death toll and the number of destroyed homes during a news conference on Friday April 19, 2013 in West, Texas. The bodies of 12 people have been recovered after an enormous Texas fertilizer plant explosion that demolished surrounding neighborhoods for blocks and left about 200 other people injured, authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Star-Telegram,Ron T. Ennis)


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Mangled debris of a fertilizer plant are seen Thursday, April 18, 2013, a day after an explosion leveled the plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/The Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)


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Memorial Service for Victims of Texas Plant Explosion

Mangled debris of a fertilizer plant are seen Thursday, April 18, 2013, a day after an explosion leveled the plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/The Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)



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