Indiana post office bombing defendant indicted on 5 counts

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) A grand jury indicted a northwestern Indiana man on five charges stemming from a pipe bomb explosion at a post office, U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II announced Thursday.

The grand jury indicted Eric P. Krieg, 45, of Munster, on charges of making an unregistered destructive device, mailing a destructive device, malicious use of explosive materials, possessing a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence, and mailing a threatening communication.

Krieg is accused of mailing a package at the East Chicago post office that exploded Sept. 6, injuring a postal worker. The package was addressed to an attorney who represented an individual whom Krieg agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a lawsuit, Kirsch's office said in a new release.

Krieg also is accused of mailing a suspicious package to another person on Sept. 29.

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"When individuals use dangerous, explosive devices as the means to commit or attempt to commit violent acts, those individuals will be held accountable for their actions," Kirsch said in a statement.

A phone message seeking comment was left for Krieg's attorney.

A federal magistrate last month ordered Krieg, a former BP engineer and occasional political candidate, to remain jailed until trial.

Krieg is scheduled to appear Nov. 20 at an arraignment in U.S. District Court in Hammond.