Michael O’Neill may have just gotten a lesson in karma.
Authorities in Western New York say the white supremacist was inside his home making bombs designed to inflict severe damage when one of the devices went off, blowing off the man’s leg.
O’Neill was flown to a local hospital, where the remaining part of the leg was amputated. While he was recovering police paid O’Neill a visit, charging him with making and possessing homemade bombs.
This week, Michael O’Neill was back in court, where the U.S. Attorney’s Office revealed that the bombs were made to inflict maximum pain and suffering. Along with the bombs authorities found a number of items related to white supremacy in the home, prosecutors said.
WGZR reported as follows.
“Prosecutors released several pictures of some of the explosives O’Neill made. One said nails are inside. Another one contained BB’s.
“Here’s more evidence prosecutors are revealing — raising questions about whether O’Neill is a racist? Prosecutors say O’Neill, who’s a former Niagara County corrections officer, was found with Nazi posters, Confederate flags and other divisive items in his garage.
“‘Depiction of a certain Ku Klux Klan symbol or picture, it also included a picture of the founder of the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest,’ Hochul said.”
A judge agreed that O’Neil was too dangerous to be out on bail and ordered him to be taken to a federal detention facility once he is released from the hospital.
“He will be discharged from that facility, we don’t know when we don’t know where, that’s really up to medical professionals,” said Jack Alsup, an assistant U.S. Attorney.
Alsup added that it was a stroke of luck that O’Neill’s bomb went off before it could be used to hurt anyone else.
“Luckily, he is detained,” Assistant U.S. Attorney John Alsup said. “He is no longer at large in the community with or without some of the physical disabilities he’s going to have going forward, but luckily for the community, he only hurt himself.”
Authorities said they are still investigating O’Neill and his possible connection to white supremacist groups.
“The fact that there were some items that we described in court as consistent with, white supremacists, to include the Ku Klux Klan, and the Nazi imagery, some of the verbiage which was particularly on the Nazi picture, also the Confederate battle flag, means that law enforcement has more work to go,” U.S. Attorney William Hochul told TWC News.
Michael O’Neill is in the custody of the U.S. Marshalls while he recovers from his amputated leg.
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