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William Harrell Found With 145 Lbs Of Dynamite Sentenced To 2 Years County Prison In San Mateo County

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A man found with explosives powerful enough to “destroy the neighborhood” was sentenced today to a two-year prison sentence, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

William Harrell, 48, pleaded no contest to felony possession of marijuana for sale, felony possession of an automatic weapon and illegal possession of an explosive, according to the San Mateo District Attorney’s office.

Harrell will serve the sentence the San Mateo County jail, Wagstaffe said.

Police officers responded to the Brisbane residence that Harrell shared with his girlfriend and her two children, aged 11 and 20, on Oct. 1, 2012 following a report of a domestic argument, prosecutors said.

Harrell agreed to take a taxi to his parent’s home in Montara and then prosecutors said Harrell’s girlfriend directed police to a closet inside the home where she said he kept 145 pounds of dynamite sticks, $37,000 in cash and had a gallon-sized bag of marijuana.

Prosecutors said explosive experts estimated that 145 pounds of dynamite was “enough to destroy the entire neighborhood.”

Harrell agreed to a plea deal on Aug. 20, 2013. Prosecutors said Harrell had been defending himself until a judge appointed an attorney following a contentious hearing in July 2013.

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