Feds Take On Case Against Alleged Medford Bomber

Dec 3, 2013

The case against a man charged with arson for allegedly igniting a bomb outside the Jackson County Oregon District Attorney's Office in Medford last month will be prosecuted only in federal court.

Credit Bob Pennell, Mail Tribune/AP

Federal prosecutors have filed a charge of malicious destruction of property by explosion in U. S. District Court against Alan Leroy McVay, making state prosecution for the same alleged crimes moot.

When cases go from state to federal court, it is common that the state drops its case. Having McVay prosecuted federally also resolves any potential conflict of interest because the DA's office is considered the victim in the bombing, prosecutors said in a news release.

McVay, 46, is accused of taping a small pipe bomb to a propane tank, lighting the pipe bomb on fire, and throwing it at a window of the DA's office in Medford before dawn November 13th. The bomb broke windows but did little other damage, as the propane tank itself did not explode.