Meridian Star

December 12, 2013

2 men in pipe bomb case to be sentenced

The Associated Press
Associated Press

GULFPORT, Miss. — Two men in a federal case alleging they made pipe bombs, including one found in a vehicle during a routine check of visitors' cars at a state prison in Leakesville, will be sentenced Dec. 17.

Federal court records show John Eric Harberson of Carriere and Scott Jenkins Waits of McHenry will be sentenced in federal court in Gulfport. Both pleaded guilty in July.

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

Authorities say Harberson had driven a woman to the prison to visit an inmate.

Harberson told agents he and Waits had built the pipe bombs from aluminum flashlight bodies, shotgun shells, black powder and candle wax. He said he forgot it was in the car.