Tabor Bombing Suspect Awaits Skills Assessment | Community

TYNDALL – The case of a Tabor man suspected of a bombing last summer remains open after a status hearing on Tuesday.

Joseph Thomas Hansen is currently being held in Bon Homme County Jail while his lawyer, Luci Youngberg, arranges a mental assessment for his client.

Youngberg filed a motion on Tuesday asking circuit judge Cheryle Gering to extend Hansen’s skills assessment deadline. In the motion, Youngberg said that all necessary records had been received by clinical psychologist Taryn Van Gilder-Pierce as of Jan.6, but that due to staff illness with COVID and other illnesses, the assessment no could not be completed in the allotted time.

Gering ordered the deadline for the skills assessment to be extended to February 4 and scheduled a status hearing for 11 a.m. on February 11.

Hansen came to the attention of authorities last August when he was found unconscious in his driveway with thermal burns after his home in Tabor exploded.

A search of the structure uncovered two fully assembled homemade bombs and nine empty plugged pipes next to a fuse and fireworks.

Hansen later told police that he planned to make 12 homemade bombs using the powder from the fireworks, but had only completed three to five homemade bombs when one of them hit. exploded. He also told investigators he had gasoline and a propane cylinder in his room.

When Hansen was 18 and lived in Claire City, he was convicted of bombing. At the time, he was convicted of possession of ammunition and fireworks as part of a plan to blow up the Sisseton High School, which he attended.

Hansen served 10 years on these charges. After his release he moved to Tabor.

Pending assessment of his mental capacity, Hansen, now 29, could face two counts of selling, transporting or possessing a destructive device and nine counts of unauthorized possession. of substances with the intention of manufacturing a destructive device.

Hansen was viewed as a potential danger to the community when he was arrested in August and is being held on $ 250,000 cash-only bond.

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