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Wichita man indicted in bomb plot

By The Herald Staff | 12/18/2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Wichita man with attempting to explode a car bomb at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday.

Terry Loewen, 58, initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court. On Wednesday, a federal grand jury reviewed the evidence and returned an indictment against Loewen. The charges in the indictment are identical to the charges in the complaint filed last week: One count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Wichita man with attempting to explode a car bomb at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday.

Terry Loewen, 58, initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court. On Wednesday, a federal grand jury reviewed the evidence and returned an indictment against Loewen. The charges in the indictment are identical to the charges in the complaint filed last week: One count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Loewen was motivated by a desire for Islamic jihad, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said previously.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred Friday at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita. Loewen was arrested about 5:40 a.m. Friday at the Wichita airport, where he is alleged to have attempted to detonate a car bomb.

If convicted, Loewen faces a maximum penalty of life in prison on the charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, not less than five years and not more than 20 years on the charge of attempting to use an explosive to damage property, and a maximum penalty of 15 years on the charge of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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