Windsor County man sentenced for bomb making

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WILDER — William Hillard, 51, of Wilder, Vermont, was sentenced in United States District Court in Burlington, Vermont to serve 32 months in prison after his guilty plea to one count of possession of an unregistered explosive device.

U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Hillard to serve a three-year term of supervised release and to pay a $100 special assessment.

In April 2022, a confidential source (CS) reported to the Hartford, Vermont Police Department (Hartford PD) that Hillard possessed explosive devices (bombs) at his residence in Wilder, Vermont.

The CS provided Hartford PD one bomb that the CS said was made by Hillard.

Hartford PD obtained a warrant to search the residence and on April 5, 2022, assisted by Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), executed it.

During this search, law enforcement found eight bombs, some of which had shrapnel inside, and bomb-making materials, including explosive powder, fuses, and pipes.

Law enforcement also found a semi-automatic rifle, two loaded ammunition magazines with 17 rounds of ammunition contained inside, and more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition of various calibers.

Hillard did not register the bombs with the National Firearm Registration and Transfer Record as required.

In addition, Hillard had previously been convicted of felony offenses and therefore was prohibited from possessing the foregoing weapons.

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