Meridian Star

July 13, 2013

Man to plead guilty in prison pipe bomb case

The Associated Press
Associated Press

GULPORT, Miss. — Federal court records say one of two men arrested after authorities found a bomb in a car at a state prison in Leakesville has filed notice of his intention to plead guilty.

Federal court papers show John Harberson, of Carriere, filed the notice Thursday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

Harberson and Scott Jenkins Waits, of McHenry, were arrested after officers at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution found a pipe bomb in a vehicle June 1.

Harberson allegedly told agents he and Waits built pipe bombs and he forgot one was in the car when Harberson and a woman went to visit an inmate.

Officials say they don't believe the bomb was intended for the prison.

Harberson's change of plea hearing is July 31.

Waits has pleaded not guilty.