Texas man pleads guilty to trying to blow up natural gas pipeline, possessing homemade bomb

A Texas man has pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline with a homemade bomb last year in a Dallas suburb.

The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/14maPLY ) reports 34-year-old Anson Chi pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to maliciously attempting to destroy an Atmos Energy natural gas pipeline in Plano.

The Plano man also entered a guilty plea to possessing an explosive device not registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

A judge accepted Chi's plea, but will not impose the agreed-upon punishment until a pre-sentencing report is complete.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed that Chi would be sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison on the charge of maliciously attempting to destroy the pipeline, and two years for possessing the device.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com