Man to be held until bomb trial

June 13, 2006|By RONA MARECH | RONA MARECH,SUN REPORTER

GREENBELT -- Robert F. Weiler Jr., the man accused of planning to bomb a Prince George's County abortion clinic, appeared in U.S. District Court yesterday on charges of possessing and making an unregistered destructive device, illegally possessing a firearm, and possessing a stolen firearm.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles B. Day ordered Weiler - who wore a T-shirt that read "Abortion: the leading cause of death in America" - detained pending a trial. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 22.

Weiler, 25, was arrested last week and charged in connection with alleged plans to bomb a College Park clinic that provides abortions.

The bomb was found in the closet of a friend's home in Riverdale in Prince George's County, authorities said, and was partially detonated after police bomb technicians were unable to disable it using a robot.

At the time of his arrest, a .40-caliber handgun Weiler allegedly stole from a friend was in the glove compartment of his car. Weiler intended to use the bomb and gun to "shoot doctors who provided abortions," according to an affidavit filed in the court by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The maximum penalty for each of the counts is 10 years in prison. The counts relating to the destructive device could carry a $10,000 fine and the gun charges could carry a fine of $250,000.

Weiler's parents declined to comment as they left the Greenbelt courthouse yesterday, as did Weiler's lawyer, Michael Citaramanis.

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