Boise bomb-making suspect changes plea to guilty

krodine@idahostatesman.comMay 1, 2014 

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Joshua Finch

A 32-year-old Boise man accused of making pipe bombs and assaulting his girlfriend’s father changed his plea to guilty Thursday in a deal that, if the judge approves, would put him in prison for at least 15 years.

Joshua Finch will be sentenced June 30 on five felony charges: aggravated assault, possession of destructive devices or bombs, two counts of injury to a child and unlawful possession of a firearm because he is a previously convicted felon. A charge of second-degree kidnapping was reduced to aggravated assault as part of his plea deal.

Under the deal, Finch will be eligible for parole after 15 years but could serve an additional 10 years if not granted parole. Judge Thomas Neville is not bound by the plea agreement and will make his sentencing decision June 30 after a full mental health evaluation of Finch is completed.

The charges stem from incidents Nov. 4 at the Dorian Street home Finch shared with his girlfriend and their two children. Following a tip, police later searched the home and found black powder, other makings for pipe bombs, two firearms and a bulletproof vest in a crawl space that ran under the children’s bedrooms, prosecutors said. Both prosecutor and defense have said it is unclear what Finch planned to do with the bomb materials.

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